Hello! I typically view the forums here to answer any questions I have, but this will be my first post. I've been *casually* gaming on a beast of a machine Pentium Dual Core e2200/9800GT GT but I believe (even though I can play most of the newer games [(Skryim max settings) with a decent enough framerate] it may be time to upgrade.
I'm looking to purchase and build a new rig within the next month or so.
Approximate Purchase Date: February 2012
Budget Range: $600-$700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Movies/Surfing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com Tigerdirect.com
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: I've always used Intel but after a bit of research the 960T Zosma seemed like the best bang for the buck, so to speak. I prefer Nvidia after seeing friends with ATI have problems with drivers on a few different games.
Overclocking: I will try to get as much out of this machine as I can for as long as it will run my games to my satisfaction. So definitely some moderate OC'ing will happen.
SLI or Crossfire: I have no immediate plans for SLI/Xfire
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
This is the current setup I'm looking at
Additional Comments: I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck (like everyone else) but I do want some functionality. I don't need the best of the best graphics but I would like to be able to play FFXIV and SWTOR on very pretty settings.
This is the current build I'm looking at but need some help as the last computer I built myself had AGP slots:
Currently the Total is $575.00 on newegg alone but I'm sure some shopping can be done on my part to lower that even more. I'm just curious as to if this build is viable and if there are any better alternatives that you guys know of. Any help is greatly appreciated.
In the build you posted you can get a weaker PSU (though the S12II is a good unit), a cheaper case, and a cheaper mobo if you want to save a little money. I certainly wouldn't recommend going with any weaker parts.
If you're really willing to spend $700 then this will be noticeably better: