Approximate Purchase Date: This week but I can wait if there's something major coming out.
Budget Range: 500~ After Rebates I might be able to afford some more but I'm a university student so tight budget.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hardcore gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, old hard drive. I also have an external cd drive i don't know if that can replace an internal one to save money
I can buy a window 7 professional upgrade for 60 bucks but is that OS or just an upgrade for window 7 becaus I don't have a OS right now. Are there any deals for students?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: neweggs, amazon, I never been to a microcenter but there is one 30 minutes away
Country: USA Washington DC
Parts Preferences: I don't know if this is possible but since I'm in University I would like a tower that is not too big so I can carry it back home on commercial airlines. If it's not then I guess its okay I'll think of something when transporting my pc.
Overclocking: Never done it before
SLI or Crossfire: I don't know what that is
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 21 inch monitor
Additional Comments: Again, it would be GREAT if this pc can be small but if not it's okay. Also I'm playing on a laptop with i5 430m and a Ati HD5145 so I don't know how much I need to build a pc that is significantly better!
I'm considering to add more money to the budget if the pc is small enough and fast enough because then I can get more use out of it during the summer. The ITX gaming machines looks really good for my situation but I don't know if the size will make the pc slower.
apparently the thermaltake one can fit a long graphics card
PSU: one of the case comes with one I don't know which case to get yet any advice?
CPU: i3 2120 $128
Mobo: I don't really know the difference between the mini atx boards can you guys help?
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD6770 $99
Ram: Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) $48
HDD: my old 3.5 Sata $0
Optical drive: Can I just get by with my external one so I don't have to pay? $0
Alright this is what I'm looking at now can you guys tell me which case is better and any improvements on the build?
Thank you guys!
I am willing to throw in some extra money for an i5 or better graphics card, How much difference will make? Will it last me for 3 years?
Motherboard form doesn't affect performance. However I don't have experience with mini-ITX gaming system, I'm not sure you can fit everything on a board like that. I just built a H61 mATX build for my little brother though, and it's awesome.