Approximate Purchase Date: Thanksgiving or Sooner
Budget: - <700 after rebates/taxes/shipping
System Usage: Gaming, General Browsing.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Speakers
Preferred Website: Tiger Direct, New Egg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preference: Not partial to any. I've used AMD in the past and been happy with it. Leaning towards Intel this time around.
Overclocking: Probably Not.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Nothing crazy at first, going to have to buy a better monitor down the road.
Will be using the to primary play Eve Online, and Diablo 3 when it comes out. Been playing eve online (slowly) on my old 6.5 year build so I'm sure anything remotely modern will be fine for that. So Diablo 3 is my primary concern. I've been out of the building game for a while now and have been reading the forums so just wanted some verification. Haven't done a very good job on keeping up with the technology changes workstation wise in the past few years.
I on the other hand, do not think you are on the right track. Mostly due to quality issues? Personal Preference though. Wanna know?
CASE/PSU - not recommended at all. Go choose a better PSU (80Plus Certified at least) and a nicer case.
MOBO: Biostar.... not recommended. Try ASUS, GIGABYTE or MSI.
RAM: Patriot... not my favorite either. Try Corsair or Kingston? Maybe even G.Skill...
HDD: The Seagate 1TB HDD they give you is a very low-power, low performance HDD... choose an HDD with at least 7200RPM. I like Western Digital (Caviar Blue or Black).
CPU: If you have the choice, go for the Intel i5-2500K over the i5-2500. It's a couple dollars difference now, but gives you much more value when you decide to overclock, even just a little bit.
GPU: This is a tough choice. RADEON 6870 is great, but I think the AMD RADEON 6850 is a much better option in terms of value "bang for buck". 6850 will cost much less but perform almost as well as the 6870, and I'm sure it'll suit your needs. Again, brand quality is always an issue. I would choose either XFX, Gigabyte, Asus, or MSI.
With quality in mind, you can buy the cheapest options from any of these brands and they would be more adequate that what was in the barebone. I am still willing to bet that you can build a PC with my suggestions that will cost you much less than the $470+$185 you initially proposed.
I was suggesting he get the i5-2500K, assuming he went along with my other suggestions too. (ASUS for overclocking, Gigabyte for features, MSI for price)
Isn't the 6870 just a TINYtiny bit better than the 6850? Is it worth another $30-40 for just 1 or 2 FPS?
I could be completely mistaken, my apologies if I am. I don't own a 6870 so I'm just basing it off what others have said.
you can always improve a build , I guess , by spending more money on it .
But for most of us its a matter of prioritizing what is important so we get value for money .
the 2500 is an awesomely powerful processor , and overclocking is fun .....but it wont increase gaming performance much , or even at all, for a gamer using a 1080p monitor .
Even 3 years ago that was totally different , but in 2011 games have become so graphically intensive [ and cpu's so much better ] that they are always the limiting factor for resolution and image quality .
6870's game well at 1080p . I have one and it is good enough . 6850's you have to be a bit more selective about image quality to keep the frame rates up .
In general though I think the blend of arts in that kit is good . I'd prefer ASUS or gigabyte mb with a Z68 chip set . But its going to game really well even as it is .
1. Your memory runs @ 1333Mhz, not a big deal, but if you could upgrade to 1600Mhz you would see a difference in performance. (you can find some for the same price, I saw 1600Mhz snipers for $39.99 two weeks ago).
2. Your case, is fine actually. BUT the Zalman Z9 plus is better bang for buck as it comes with FOUR (4) LED case fans, which you should buy anyway, and a temperature monitor. (It's a little pricey off newegg, but only like $45 on other sites so maybe you can price match?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thanks Rex. You have been most helpful. I was able to add the corsair power supply for the same price after the $20 mail in rebate. I've upgraded the memory as well for about $5 more. Still considering the case but I think I'm good to go.
You're very welcome horby. I would say you've made very wise decisions, so good for you.
In regards to the case, I'm assuming you've chosen that one because it is cost effective. If that's the situation, I think you should read these articles if you haven't already, for some other cheap alternatives (which are better in my opinion).
Personally, I had the exact same thinking as you. I wanted the cheapest so I bought the NZXT Gamma Black (for $25 after $10 MIR). I like this case ALOT because it has a lot of space to hide all your cables. ** Proper cable management is very important for good airflow and keeping the temperatures down. The only downside is that it only came with only one free 120mm fan (versus the Zalman Z9 plus which comes with 4 LED fans + temperature monitor).
Thinking back, I still made a mistake choosing the case based solely on price, I didn’t look much at the features (ex. free case fans, which cost approx. $5-10 on their own). This is why I would have preferred buying the inexpensive Zalman Z9 Plus, or the other cases listed in the articles.
Since you’re running such a powerful CPU and GPU (they produce lots of heat), you will need to keep your case temperatures down. The easiest way to do that is to have proper airflow, which is why I think you should buy a case which comes with at least a few fans pre-installed. This will save you money, and more importantly, running your computer at lower temperatures will increase the life of all your PC components.
I’m not trying to change your build, just trying to help as much as I can by providing you with more information so you won’t have any regrets later.