So I am in need of a new computer and in the past have ALWAYS bought computers pre-built. Reason being is because I have absolutely no knowledge on PC components and I guess all the hardware scares me off. So I am going to attempt to build my own and hopefully it works out for the best.
I would GREATLY appreciate the help.
My budget is going to be around $1000.00 (all for parts, no monitor/keyboard/mouse required) but if possible would like to spend less. I am wanting a computer mainly to handle BF3, does not need to be on all ULTRA settings but at LEAST be able to run medium perfectly fine, maybe high on 1680x1050.
I am hoping to make this a weekend project and would like to buy whatever I need at MicroCenter. If you guys could make a list of everything I need to build this computer completely it would be GREATLY appreciated.
get an i5-2500K
a Gigabyte or Asus or ASRock or MSI Z68 motherboard
8 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM.
500GB - 1TB Hard drive
120 GB SSd for boot drive
case and fans to your taste up to $50
600-700w Power supply from corsair, Antec, or XFX
With the exception of the motherboard/CPU combo, check prices against Newegg.com and Amazon.com, and TigerDirect.com If you find a better one, print the page out and and take it with you and Microcenter will match.
You can if you wish. I would recommend you do so. It will come with a 120mm rear and a 140mm top fan. I liked the look with the blue led's and all the fans come with the case, which is why I went with the illusion.
Motherboard standoffs should be able to be screwed in by hand if not then use a 5mm nut driver, a fillips screwdriver, some black zip ties, and have fun.