Hello -- I'm looking to build a gaming desktop. Would like to create something that will keep up with the current games and future releases. I'm pretty uninformed when it comes to computer stuff, so please don't judge ;p.
Budget: Would like to stay around $1,000, give or take $100-200. With that being said, if spending $25 more means getting much more, I'm open for it -- I just don't need TOP of the line stuff, that's all.
windows 7 (i'm assuming that's the go to OS?)
I'll be checking into the periphereals after the tower is established. Open for any and all ideas! I appreciate it.
I think that all comes to almost $950. I don't know if I'm missing anything, but like you said "I just don't need TOP of the line stuff". These parts will be able to run modern games like BF3, MW3, Crysis 2 with great amount of FPS. Anything else such as sound cards or monitors you can add later if you got money left.
Add windows and a dvd drive and it'll be $1000 and thats a real meaty gaming machine... note case is personal taste thats just an example i put there.
*EDIT* That Chengc1 guy was either taking the p*ss or has little clue
This is pretty much the same machine that I just ordered yesterday, I just went for a 7850 instead of the 570 for the lower power usage (and I'm running a single monitor at 1920x1200 and am on a 5770 now, so anything is a huge upgrade for me). I agree on the i5 over the i7 and more video card for a gaming machine, you'll end up with a much better gaming experience.
I appreciate the replies, thanks a lot. As far as the processor goes, I had heard that the i5-2500 3.4 (i believe) ghz was a good one as well -- how does that compare to the i5 3570 that you had posted?
edit: also, can someone take a peek at this list. will probably go somewhere in the "outstanding" range
Would like to update the thread a little bit now. Changing the tower budget to ~$1,200.
i7 2600k sandy bridge for the cpu (open for suggestions)
looking for ideal options with:
video card: $300-350 (give or take $25-50)
750+ W power supply
Mid-high mid ASUS mobo
$100-$150 max for the case (willing to go cheaper too -- just whatever looks / works best)
Just probably going with 8gb ddr3 ram
1tb internal hard drive (whatever is recommended)
some optical disc drive
Sound card? Worth it?
Is a SSD worth it?
Cooler necessary if it's a good tower?
Please let me know what you guys think with the updated criteria!
i7 is not needed for gaming you would spend there on something not properly utilised. If I was you with that budget increase I would still use the build i listed but change the graphics card to a GTX680 and get a slightly better case. If theres enough change left over consider a smallish SSD for your games
and sorry your earlier question... the i5 2500k is the older architecture the new version of it on newer architecture is the 3570k. Both can be overclocked hence the K at the end thats important if you want this system to last a while and why I included a good CPU cooler on the build list
Looking at stuff on tiger direct right now, some items are cheaper. I have a few video cards, looking for opinions, please! And from all I can see, the 680s are out of stock everywhere o.o. Mind linking me to the exact one you had in mind? Here are some other alternatives that looked nice, in that relative price range.