My friend wants to get a new rig for Skyrim. He asked me to throw together a decent under 800$ gaming rig. Currently, he is running on a lappy with a dedicated card. Just wanted to check for compatibility, and feel free to suggest things. I'm not really open to suggestions on the graphics though .
You know, i would sacrifice the unlocked processor to get a better gfx card.
You have to decide where you (your friend) is going to stop in terms of future upgrades. I can compose for you the same gaming power rig with 3 different futureproofings and the difference can be as big as 200$.
So please answer these questions:
Planning on adding a second gfx card along the road?
Planning on upgrading the card to a gen3 in the future?
Planning on overclocking the system?
Notice that the price will rise significantly with each yes you reply
When he recovers from the blow, he is gonna throw in another of the same graphics card. And after THAT, he is probably gonna go with a i7 2600k, which I will give a little bump in terms of the clock. Can someone just check these for compatibility though?
There arent cheaper ones right now. Sorry. Flooding the Far East killed manufacturers of them, people freaked out and started buying anything under $80 and the prices skyrocketed. Wait 2 months, they'll come back down.
You also are making little sense, he's going to buy a new machine and in a few months upgrade the CPU one step? No no no.
Buy an i5-2500k, its more than enough and it'll last many years being a very good processor.
A cheap p67 board is more than enough, if you need to CF or SLI in future it will cost more to get that capability, but you only need the p67, especially on a budget.
Thanks for the suggestions. But please, tell me if these are compatible! It's the Black November Newegg sale, so he's probably gonna get the different parts as they come on sale. Hard drive prices are making me nuuuutttsss. :I
Is everything compatible? Sure. It's the right form factor and the right socket type for the i5-2400 just trying to not have your buddy waste money needlessly. Unless of course you're taking the 2400 once he's done with it.
Thanks man. Ya, the PSU and mobo decisions have been the hardest. Any firm suggestions for a PSU? In addition, you got the ATX/EPS PSU and mobo, but I know that's right. and the RAM is correct though, right? I haven't put together a build in 2+ years though, so feeling a little unsure. Disc drive plugs in like a hard drive, right? Into a SATA II port? :3
Well if that's too much grab a Seasonic 650W non modular, same price as your but better warranty and more dependable.
I've only ever used Seasonic/it's guts or Corsair and havent had a failed PSU yet. OCZ i've never heard good or bad, and for PSUs it's all about efficiency and warranty. If you can find at least 80+ Bronze efficient with a good warranty, go for it.
If I were building a midrange system I'd grade the Extreme 3 or Extreme 4 mother boards from AsRock they look good, have awesome features and AsRock has good support, the warranty is a bit short (2 years) but you should now about a motherboards failure before that point.
My favorite motherboards are MSI, simply because their build quality and features are excellent, but they are more expensive.