Really could use some insight guys. Want to get my husband a new CPU in the 1-1.1k price range. Read a few of the forum topics and have come up with this assortment.
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CAS: Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-10]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FAN: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]
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HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [+3] (Kingston HyperX [+16])
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Intel Z68 ATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu, Intel SRT, UEFI & 7.1 THX TruStudio Audio, GbLAN, HDMI, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+68]
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: * 750 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+83]
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) [+0]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]
This comes up to $1058ish. Basically just want him to have something that he can play star wars on thats better than his 6 year old warcraft setup. I'm pregnant with our first child and want him to enjoy his last few months of freedom I really don't understand the difference in all the cases aside from the way they look. Is one better than the other? That and the power supply, is there any point to getting a bigger one the way this is setup? Graphics card wise, I know he talked to someone who plays on the radeon one b/c I wrote it down but whats the difference between that one and the Geforce 550 or 560.. and what makes the Ti ones more expensive? Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated!
You did really good with that build. Do not worry about the case that one will do fine. The power supply is also just fine and leaves him some headroom to upgrade in the future.
The HD 6850 is not a weak graphics card but not a really strong one either. The 550 is roughly equal to the 6850 but the 560 TI is a decent step up. If it does not break the bank go with the 560 Ti as it will be more futureproof. If not the HD 6850 will be a giant step up from anything 6 years old.
Congratulations on the first kid! And tell him he is a lucky guy to have a wife who gives him a new computer