System Usage from Most to Least Important: playing current and upcoming games
Parts Not Required: I have a good monitor/keyboard/mouse/and a couple hard drives I can use for storage
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any reputable website
Parts Preferences: quality parts in general
Overclocking: Maybe (if neccesary)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (if neccesary)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: see below
I posted this on reddit, but I am looking for as much feedback as I can get before I spend some money.
Ok. First and foremost, I am more concerned with stability and performance than getting off as cheap as possible. I am primarily going to use this computer to play WoW/D3/SC2, along with Skyrim, and any other new games that look appealing.
In addition, I generally tend to run firefox, itunes, ventrilo, and more than one instance of wow (simultaneously), so i need something that can handle these kinds of things without problems. I also wouldn't mind frapsing/streaming.
I live in the south in the U.S., so it gets really hot here during the summer, and I have had issues in the past with overheating, so I am a little nervous about that.
This is what i've been looking at recently. If i'm not mistaken, i could put another video card into this computer for SLI later on if neccesary. Also, i have a couple hard drives that i could use for storage, rather than buy one for insane prices right now.
I am pretty new to the computer building community, so if i've made some glaring mistake(s) let me know. Thanks for reading
**edit:** I updated to an i5 because I read that there's hardly any benefit unless applications take advantage of all the cores; also, (and I could be wrong here) the ivybridge cpus are coming out some time next year, and I could use my same setup and just upgrade my processor if neccesary? Still looking at the cases someone mentioned, but I will update this list again when I find one I like.
You have a pretty solid build already but are you sure you need that motherboard its way too expensive, are you positive you need all the extra components
Honestly, I was just looking for a quality board with good reviews, and maybe something that will stand up to next year's CPUs, and this one had pretty good reviews, so those were the reasons I chose it.
Yeah definitely drop back on the motherboard, putting the extra $90 into the GPU is huge at that point. Id go with the ASRock that sqrl mentioned, and get the MSI 560ti 448 core that new egg has for 259.99 right now.
That would be far better gaming PC. You do have a storage drive to go with that 64gb SSD right?
Or save that $90 left over, and a little each week so by the summer you can buy a cheap window AC unit, and not have to worry about the heating problem so much. Best $150 I ever spent!
I'd stay away from Asrock boards.
you can get mobo+cpu combo from microcenter for extra $40 off and get something like Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3
let me know which microcenter u close too so i can check out their stock
also for budget card go for HD6870 or if you save some money from cpu-mobo go for 560Ti 448 if you don't plan on sli or HD6950 2gb if you do plan on cf