Hi, i am building a gaming computer for my brother. As i live in Australia the currency is a little different so please be aware of this. He mainly plays minecraft but he would like to be able to play modern warfare 3 and sanctum. thanks
AMD or intel: probaly AMD because of cost
Who will build: me to save money and for fun
don't need:monitor, keyboard, mouse just need the actual tower
Don't be skeptical of Asrock. Asrock was born from Asus, the boards and bios have very similiar features, are high quality and are very highly rated. They are able to sell them cheaper because they only give you 2yr warranty. But your not going to need to worry about the warranty.
I've used the Antec 300 case, recently build a computer for a friend using the Coolermaster HAF 912, I found the 912 to be much a nicer case (not basing on looks), and only about $10 more.
Also suggest going with intel, even at that price point. The i3 gen2 will be better for gaming than the FX-4100 as far as I know.
CPU: Core i3-2120 - $129.99
MOBO: ASUS P8H61-M LX - $64.99
GPU: HD 6850 - $139
CASE: HAF 912 - $59.99
RAM: G.SKILL Value Series $34.99
Optic: LG 22X $15.99
IDE to SATA adapter: $14.99
PSU: Antec 550BP $69.99
Probably alot more in AUS though...
Remember the cpu doesn't matter that much with a single high end graphics card. It's when you get 2 or more cards that the cpu matters.
The 4100 will run just fine for gaming and it overclocks very well. The i3 is good but you may find yourself in trouble in games that require 4 cores. I've heard people saying i3's aren't performing well in BF3 Multi-player.
If you got the extra money though, and you don't want to overclock, definitely go with the i3-2400/2500. The 2300 is a bit slower.