I miss having a desktop and want advice on the best bang for your buck on a new build with a budget of 700-800 (the lower the better.) I need something to last me at least 4 years and in those 4 years be well suited for future gaming. I don't need to play games at high performance settings, medium would be fine with me as I don't have time to game as much anymore (unfortunately). I want something that will be built for gaming and entertainment mainly. I was thinking Z68 so I have the option of upgrading CPU in the next 2 years if i need to.
Approximate Purchase Date: by next week
Budget Range: (700-800) Before / After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Entertainment,
Country: USA Parts Preferences: Asus Mobo since it is highly regarded and Intel CPU. Everything else I want something that is trusted and will not fail
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, i want a GPU that will last me at least 2 years
Monitor Resolution: for now enough for 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Windows 7, I would like room to upgrade to ivy bridge, Please make case/fan/PSU recommendations as I don't have much experience in that.
I know my budget might be low but it is limited due to me being a student. However, I do care about quality and would like get tested, high quality hardware that fits my budget.
I want something that is somewhat future proof.
THank you. I have a question tho. I would rather have the Z68 mobo because of future upgrades and spend a little less on the video card. Is the 560i I have listed good enough for at least the next 2 years.
I suggest the 2500K just so you can overclock in the future, and a 750w so you can SLI in the future as well. The board I suggest is an Asrock but for good reason. It's a cheap board, but has the features of more expensive boards. It runs Tri-SLI/CF (Capable) at 8x/8x/4x which is better than most boards specially some high priced Asus's. It's a Gen3 board so it supports Ivy Bridge and PCI 3.0 if you have an Ivy Bridge chip installed. Plus it's got SATA 3 and USB 3 (Not a huge feat).
Wouldn't suggest the PSU at all. It's not a bad PSU but at $90 it's hard to justify. Better off going for this OCZ 750w @ $100. This way you could SLI/CF in the future if you got the 560 Ti which costs $210. http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-com...
(There's a $25 rebate on the PSU so that helps too).