For my computer science class i have to build a PC on a $1000 budget, then compare it to 2 pre builds and justify my reasons for building and why i used each component. I am allowed to use items i currently own and put them down as free (i own a mouse keyboard, HD monitor speekers headphones ect. dont need that stuff.)
My uses (if i was actually building) would be gaming, programming, and the usual internet surfing typing papers ect.
What i am asking for is any suggestions, help deciding a, tower, fans and help with making sure everything is actually compatable. I also want to make sure that i havent missed anything
The current components i have picked out are as follows
all items on Newegg
Explanation: The i5 is one of the best gaming CPUs to date, it is only surpassed by the i7 2600k, but only because of the 2600k's Hyperthreading abilities, which games never utilize. The 560TI is one of the better gfx cards out on the market, it is worth the money to buy, with it you can easily get high frame rates with a 1920x1080 monitor on High settings. MoBo is rwayne's, which is a great deal. The PSU is 650W, which is easily capable of holding 2 GTX560's incase you want to SLI in the future. The Antec 300 is a great case, although not too sexy...but still, GREAT CASE. Seagate is a very reliable company, and who doesn't like 1TB of storage space? I know I do. 8 GB of G.SKILL RAM, I have those, and it works amazingly. The Hyper212+ will allow you to Overclock the i5 to probably 4GHz and run stable. The rest at pretty self explanatory
The only thing I would change if you don't mind another rebate would be buying this memory. It offers a faster speed and after the rebate it is significantly cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Another thing you could do to save money is to temporary get a hard drive that holds less and upgrade it in the future since the prices of hard drives have increased by so much recently.
I can easily trim $7 dollars just with cutting down the HD size. I dont ever use close to a terabyte, 250-300GB at the most. I thank you very much for helping with the build, it seems must better. I am gonna go with the Kingston memory that andrew recommended for the fact that it clocks at 1600Mhz and cut down the hard drive size as 1TB is unnecessarily large for me, currently.
I can defiantly agree with what you said about the core i5. The whole line up of processors has been amazing with performance and that chip in peticular seems nice. Coming close to some low end 6 core i7's. The GTX graphics card makes up for everything that the chip lacks and and excells.
Thank you guys very much. If you have any other info to add feel free to mention it. You're help so far has been fenominal.
Your competition may think the more cores you have the faster but that is not the case.
Also you are going to want to highlight the STRONG advantage that the GTX560ti has over AMD in Direct X11 tessellation in games and that it beats out the more expensive HD6950 and HD6970 in some benchmarks.
You can also say that you did not go with a Western Digital Hard drive as their factories were hardest hit in the flood with as much as 75% of factories being shutdown. This would likely be to your benefit if the drive had to be replaced under warranty.
Correct! Higher number of Cores DOES NOT equal higher performance in games. Games rarely use more than 2 cores, and if you have an 8 core system, 6 cores are doing nothing. It's all about how fast one core itself is. That's why the 8 threaded i7 2600k isn't all that better than the i5, because the 6 extra threads are not used. Generally speaking any "gaming computer" under $800, I'll put the Phenom II x4, but anything higher, then i5 has to be in there. There really isn't a spot for the new AMD FX-8150...