Hi! I am trying to build a new PC for my husband (without him really knowing). I was going to do this last year but never got around to it! He likes to play old games mostly, but I'm sure he would play new stuff if the PC could handle it. Right now, he is super stoked about Diablo 3, but our home PC won't run it. I apologize in advance for not knowing what some of the terms mean.
Approximate Purchase Date: sooner the better
Budget Range: closer to 500 the better (tax refund $$s)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, internet, maybe movies?
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, power supply is only a year old not sure W though, Windows 7
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg if online, I live near a Microcenter... can mix and match for best pricing
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: no real idea what that means
SLI or Crossfire: or that...
Monitor Resolution: I think its a 20 inch?
Additional Comments: Really just looking for something that will play the games out there right now on just a regular setting and the PC will have some use for 2-3 years with minor upgrades
I dont see how you could have done better with that budget. The i5 2500k at 180 is a great price.
Any z68 based board should work well for you.
8gb of 1600 ddr 3 should be plenty but it is cheap right now so get 4x 4gb sticks if you can. Generic ram should be fine, but again its cheep so look at brand name ram like kingston, or crucial.
The GTX 560 is a nice card.
For a HD on a budget any thing over 300gb is enough, and you can add another one later. I like the western digital black drives.
Check the spec of your PSU. Those new parts will need at least a 350 watt psu but should probablly have a 500w PSU. There should be a sticker on the side of it.
Do you think it would be better to just get the i5 2400 instead? I don't think we'll be doing the overclocking thing at all. The $ difference is only $30, though. Or even just go to the i3 at $99? Worth the investment?
I figure I will just go with the gigabyte motherboard.
The video card is really throwing me off. I feel like that's something that's important to spend the $$ on, but I'm really unsure what gives me the best bang for the $. I've read good things about the GTX cards, but it seems like the Radeon cards do more for less $?
I think the best bang for your buck graphics card at this budget would be the HD 6870. It's a tiny little bit better than the GTX 560 for about the same price. With the CPU, an i3-2100 is certainly enough to drive a HD 6870 and $99 is a fantastic price for it.
Don't be fooled by the fact it's a dual core, it's really great in games:
I'd suggest the i5-2400 over the i3 and a good H61 motherboard (MSI, AS Rock, and Gigabyte all make USB3.0/SATA3 H61 motherboards, which are the best option of those.)
The 2400's 4 real cores are just better than the i3 where multiple threads are a bonus. There are several games qlready out that work better in 4 cores over two, including GTA 4, Final Fantasy XIV, SWTOR, the upcoming Mechwarrior Online, Starcraft 2, etc.
the 2400 is still a great price at Microcenter. Worth looking at.