Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-4 weeks or next April
Budget Range: $500(can be after rebates) before Operating System / $600 after Operating System
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding (Visual Studio + various SDKs like Unity, etc ), HD movies, internet browsing
Parts Not Required:Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: Graphics card must be Nvidia. Would prefer an Intel Processor
SLI: Maybe down the road?
Monitor Resolution: Not sure about this one...?
Longevity and performance are most important to me. It doesn't need to be top of the line right out of the gate, I'm willing to upgrade parts here and there in the future when the cash becomes available. I'd like to be able to play games with at least medium settings.
I'm asking for advice, because I'm concerned in an effort to cut costs, I might pick some components that I'd end up regretting down the road. So I appreciate any and all advice.
With a budget of $500 and a requirement of Intel chip and nvidia graphics, Expect a core2 solo and GT 210 video card.
Build an AMD Llano system, later you can throw in a better video card if you want, but it will fit in your budget and give you plenty of performance. Unless you are working on something that requires CUDA there is no reason to stick with NVIDIA, and at the price range you have you really can't afford to be picky.
These totalabou $333 add $40 for a budget case like the great deal of antec 300 on sale @newegg today brings you to $377, add $50 for 550w psu, Doesn't have to be the golden 3 with your budget brings total to $427 and purchase descent 250g hdd for temporary for around $60 bucks. right now tiger direct has sale on seagate 1.5 tb 5900rpm 32mb cache hdd for 69.99
This brings total to close to $500. I hope you can find an o.s. without having to make more purchases.but can find win7 on ebay to. Got mine for $71
If you can find a way to get these things your up and gaming. You cant overclock that processor but you will have a board that is ready for a better one later and all of the rest can be upgraded as well. Keep ebay in mind for parts , just make sure the seller has a 100% feedback rating.
Your purchase is guaranteed through paypal and you have a week after delivery to change your mind no matter what the seller says.
Because of the video coding and movie watching etc. makes me wonder why you haven't decided to wait for a larger budget to go ahead and go with i5-2500k and good graphics,
The i3 2100 is just dual core and while able to accomplish your goals would dimminish your speed considerably
This is why I suggested going with the Ebay version and putting more to an z68 mobo, so that later you can get a better cpu and be able to make better use of it, not having wasted full price on the i3 processor
Just to tell you, Nvidia makes terrible cards below $180. The 6790 beats the 550 Ti for the same price, the 460 1GB performs at the level (or below) the 6850/6870 for more and anything below the GTS 450 is no contest for any AMD cards of the same tier.
If you were more open you could easily cut off a few more bucks. (20s-30s)