I am currently looking at getting a new gaming computer. I am on a budget so I don't want to get anything too fancy. I have looked up CyberpowerPC.com and after looking at around 7 different builds with the build that I want below I found a good priced PC Configuration (Mega Special II)
Case: Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case CPU: [Black November Special - Free upgrade from i5-2500!] Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
-I don't think there is a difference from the i3 and the i5 from what I have seen on performance but I would like to know the details on how the i5 is better than the i3 Thanks! Fan: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink (I think its the fan that came with the CPU) Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 mATX MB w/ Lucid Virtu Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X4 & 1 PCIe X1 (All Venom OC Certified)
-I am kinda new when it comes to motherboards since there are soo many types but if anyone would like to suggest a better gigabyte type of motherboard plz do so. RAM: [Black November Special] 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module
-I know that some people prefer the ripjaws RAM but I think that it would cost more to the price of the build that I chose, I did my homework before posting. GFX Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card PSU: 700 Watts - XtremeGear SLI/CrossFireX Ready Power Supply
-I hear that the PSU that I chose isn't a really good brand, and that the corsair PSU's are better. HDD: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD External Network Adapter: Edimax EW-7811Un IEEE Nano 802.11n USB Wireless Adapter (FREE)
When I did a rough calculation from Newegg the price came to 890.00 and with shipping (10%) it would be around 89.00 so total would be around $979.00. Plus my experience with computer customizing is with taking a stock PC and upgrading it so I wouldn't want to accidentally scrach anything that I didn't want to when assembling the pieces.
I am going to get the Monitor separately and Windows 7 64-bit. Since it is black friday month and the $125 from cyberpower pc looks over priced, anyone know a good cheap LCD monitor? Not looking for fancy just a good 19" monitor that can last forever. I know there are alot of brands out there the problem is choosing the right one.
Also for reference I play games like Starcraft 2, Combat Arms (I know bunch of hackers but what ever its free), Vindictus, Homeworld 2
Thank you for replying. The cyber power configuration that I am using is the Mega Special II. With the consideration of choosing a PSU with a name I switched to the Cyberpower Z68 configurator. Which I choose the 650watt corsair PSU which I know is a good brand.
Also I am thinking of not getting the i5 2500K CPU since I am not that much of a gamer, but I am a heavy multitasker just wanted a CPU that is good and with no problems after getting it. I also use the PC almost like 24/7 since I am still in college and I use it whe I study alot. But when it comes to it would a i3 still be good or would a i5 still be better? (still trying to cut costs)
-and if i5 is still better what would be better the 2320, 2400 or 2500?
After looking at gamedebate.com I think the i5 2320 would be a good CPU
But hey the new configuration is just about $2.00 cheaper than my configuration on Mega Special II
Mega Special- i5 2500K but 700watt PSU brand with no name
z68 Configuratior: i5 2320 but 650 watt Corsair or would a 600 XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready be better? it costs $77.00 less than corsair
Well for graphics cards the lowest is the Geforce GT 520 and I hear the GTX 550 and the GT 520 are very different in performance. Also My monitor wont let me do anything but to stay at 1250x800 resolution I think, somewhere along those lines. Currently using a old Acer Aspire M1641 with upgraded RAM, processor and Graphics card.
So with staying with the GTX 550 what would you recommend be the CPU?
Also do you have a preference on what Brand of PSU?? (just for future reference)
The 2400 was just a $10 upgrade over the i5-2320 but either one would be fine.
There really is no correctly sized PSU offered for a i5-2400 CPU & GT 550ti graphics card.
I was looking for a 430W-500W model and there are none on offer in that MegaII or Xtreme 1000 packages I checked.
Try the CyberPower H67 Configurator and see if that saves you some more. You can get a 500W recommended PSU there. With a non-overclocking i5 CPU no reason to get a Z68/P67 motherboard. A H67 will be fine.
You can see the cost of the GT 550ti they're charging you. +$156 for a card you could get yourself for $110.
I tend to avoid recommending 'brands', instead trying to pick out specific models that get great reviews and have a good price/performance/quality combination.
Thank you for continuing on assisting me. So for the PSU for the i5-2400 and the GTX 550ti, would the appropriate wattage be 500watts? I think cyber power is trying to mooch some more money off of people since the website said that the recommended wattage is 700 watts.
-so if 500 watts being the appropriate wattage there would be no point in getting a brand PSU and stick with the standard 500watt PSU on H67?
I will go with the H67 gigabyte motherboard since I am toning down my CPU so it would make sense if the motherboard tones down as well.
For the GTX 550ti I would like to have a EVGA brand but that would be the same price as they have on cyberpower, and I think that the GFX card on cybeerpower is the same as EVGA since they are both made by Nvidia not sure if they are the same company. I am on good terms with the EVGA Nvidia brand since they have not failed me yet.
Also there is an option for MSI powered by Nvidia +$5 what is MSI anyway? I did a search though google and it showed a brand title that I think makes the Geforce along with Nvidia like a partnership right?
actually now that I think about it is there a possible way to get a slight downgrade of the 550 ti?? since I currently have a Geforce 9500gt and I would like to get a GFX card with a little more power Since I would like to start recording my games but when I do the Frame Rate drops a bunch and even when it is on the lowest settings. Graphics cards are soo expensive XD