Hey all, I've been looking at building a budget gaming rig for about 3 weeks now and I think I've found a great setup for the money. The one worry I have is if the motherboard I've chosen will cut it. I don't plan on overclocking anytime soon, since I am still quite new to the whole computer hardware scene. Here is the currently planned build:
I've looked into Radeons a bit, from what I hear they command more power and get hotter for a negligible jump over comparable Nvidia GPUs. At least in my price range. Like I said I'm pretty new to all this computer hardware so I have been going by forum opinions and buyer reviews as well as some articles here on Tom's. Please correct me if I'm wrong on the Radeons though.
After reading on the AMDs a bit more and comparing to the 460, I am going with the Nvidia card. Drivers are more stable and my cousin who has been a PC gamer for 15+ years recommends Nvidia over AMD GPUs. Thanks for your insight on the 6850 though. At least I learned a bit more about AMD GPUs
driver issues are now similar among both brands. the "amd driver issue" is now over 5 years ago. Nvidia normally has better top end cards, but amd has much better budget cards for anything below a 560ti.
Either way, good luck with your build and happy gaming
I actually did a bit more research on the 6850 vs the 460 and they seems to have similar performance and the 6850 needs only 1 PCIe connector as well as taking up a lot less watts than the 460. Also found a 600W ePower PSU and figured that would be a better choice than firehazrdTEK Thanks for the help guys the 6850 saved me an extra $10 so my build it down to $522!