Hoping to help out a fellow friend who also wants to build a computer. I showed him the build that you guys gave me here awhile ago but he is wondering if there's anything that is better/cheaper that can run games. He's more of a gamer than I am. Here's his info:
Hoping to keep this rig for a few years and be able to reuse parts.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) Either now or blackfriday? Which would you suggest? If it is now I can build next week but if BlackFriday I have to wait until Dec. when I get back from uni.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 650-700 usd after
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Gaming, surfing, webdesign, movie watching
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon
Parts Preferences: Preferably 6770 or better
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Not sure, want a 20 inch screen
Given the need for a monitor and OS, you are looking at an AMD build.
I happen to know that BEST BUY has a Black Friday deal on a 24" monitor that is great. It's going to be sold by ticket (no lines) and will be $80 or $90... so let's budget $100 for the monitor and set the rest at $600.
Thanks for the build. I'm assuming this will be able to run most games on high like my friend wants. He also wants to know if there's much of a difference between AM3 and AM3+, if it would be cheaper to go with Am3 board since he might want a 500 gb hd. Is there anything that he can reduce that won't drop performance too much so that he can have a bigger hd and still play games on high?
Alright, I talked with him and he said running on the highest isn't a problem since it can't be helped with the budget, as long as he can at least play with medium quality at the very least. However, he still wants to know if there is a way to wedge a in 500gb hd instead of a 250? He's willing to take a hit on other areas if he can fit it in, unless it compromises too much of the performance.
He would stick with a 250 but worries about having to buy another Windows OEM if he gets a cheaper HD upgrade later, since he's not sure if he would have to buy another OEM or if he can just reinstall it without another purchase.