Hi, I have a very old computer and eventhough I never had any problems with it in 5(?) years. I do feel it doesn't perform very well nowadays and it's time to get a new build.
My current build is:
Monitor: BenQ FP92W 1440x900
Motherboard: Intel DG965RY
CPU: Intel Core2Duo 6600 2.4GHZ
VGA: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB
HDD: Hitachi HDT722525DLA380 Hitachi Deskstar 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.5
RAM: 2x1GB Kingston DDR2
First of all, I'm from Brazil and as much as I would like do discuss about every single hardware in my new build to find the best prices/performance combo, I can't because half the components I saw listed in here for budget gaming pc doesn't even sell in Brazil, and the other half is like 2 or 2x more expensive than the USA prices lol.
Anyway, for my new build I'm thinking about
Case: HAF 912
CPU: Intel Core I3 2100
VGA: HD 5770
HDD: WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500 GB or Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500 GB
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 or Patriot Viper II Sector 6GB (3X2GB) DDR3 1600MHz PV736G1600ELK or G.SKill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL orrrrrr G.SKill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 F3-12800CL9D-8GBX!
Now, my questions:
1. I didn't decide if I will buy the new videocard now or if I will keep using my 8800GTS and buy a 6950 or some new model by the end of the year. I'm not a hardcore gamer, I like to play mostly RPG like Fable, Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc. I was able to play Oblivion (coudn't hide the horse tho lol) and Fable II with my current system, I didn't try Skyrim and Fable III, tho. I'm however struggling to play Battlefield Play4Free on high settings, which kinda surprised me. I know that even if I get the HD 5770 now, I will have to replace it later with a more powerfull VGA. You think I should get it anyway or keep the GTS 8800 and get a high end VGA by the end of the year? Even if I keep the 8800 GTS, the performance will be alot better with the new system, right?
2. Is intel Core i3 2100 enough for gaming or is the I5 2500K really the way to go? If I keep my current videocard maybe I can get the 2500k instead of the I3 2100. But I don't want to waste more if the I3 is good enough. Is there a game that won't perform well in the I3? Or are people getting the 2500K now just to be future proofed?
3. Should I wait for Ivy Bridge or it doesn't make that much of a difference? I won't be able to buy everything at once, I intend to have everything by april. If the Ivy Bridge is worth waiting for then I'd save the CPU for last.
4. As you can see, there are so many options for RAM that I can't choose, lol. Is Patriot any good? They are way cheaper than other RAM but I never saw a review about them for gaming. Is there a difference between Ripjaws and Ripjaws X? And is Corsair Vengeance better than G Skill Ripjaws?
5. Which of those two HDD should I get?
6. Which PSU should I get? How many watts?
I don't want to have to update my pc for another 4-5 years (except for the new vga).
1) the patrior RAM won't work well with this system.. get an 8GB Kit (2x4GB). the rest of it is alright, but I'd see about getting an H61 board with USB3/SATA 3 (like the ASRockk H61M/U3S3) and getting a true quad core i5-2400 (or i5-2380) -- no point getting the Z68 if you aren't overclocking or going for Crossfire/SLI. By April, you might also be able to get a 7xxx video card and an Ivy Bridge processor.
rather than getting parts piecemeal, save your money and get it all at once, prices generally move downward over time
The i3-2100 is plenty for most gaming, with the exception of some hardcore MMO's.
The i3-2120 is actually cheaper than the 2100 here in the USA.
I don't see the point of Z68 with a i3, unless your looking ahead to your next cpu or maybe you plan xfire/sli.
Otherwise go with a inexpensive H61/H67.
Any good branded DDR3-1333/1600 at 1.5v is fine.
A 500w power supply would be more than enough for a i3 and a 6950 and you would still have room for quad core cpu and/or gpu upgrade. I suggest at least a 80+ bronze unit from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic, OCZ (PCP&C).
I'm going with the Z68 not even because of the CPU, it's actually because it's the cheapest motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 3 I could find in here. ASRock H61M/U3S3 is not available in brazil. And none of the H61 models offers support to USB 3.0 and SATA 3 nor RAID or RAM speed higher than 1333.
Edit: I found Intel LGA1155 DH61BEB3. It supports everything I want except for the RAM speed higher than 1333. Is this anygood? I don't see many people going with Intel motherboards.