I am planning on building (for the first time) my own computer. (around 600 bucks) I am fairly new to the concept and need to check the compatibility and practicality (do i really need this..?) of the parts i want to get for the type of games i will be playing. I am planning on running paradox (crusader kings 2), total war, civ 5, maybe some sims 3 games. I also want my system to be able to play games coming out that are in that same genre for atleast the next 2 years. any tips, comments, and advice would be greatly appreciated.
CPU AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
Mobo ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
Memory CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Video Card Asus Radeon HD 6770 1gig
HDD Samsung Spinpoint 500 GB 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-400 400W
Case COOLER MASTER HAF 912
Wireless NC Rosewill RNX G300 LX
no it doesnt .
A budget intel rig will have to be built with an H61 mb . That will be a limitation for the entire life cycle of the computer .
The AMD by contrast can be upgraded for another generation [ same as the intel ] to next gen Piledriver CPU's . Their performance will be better , and the power consumption will be less .
As far I know Piledriver WON'T be using the same socket as Bulldozer. Unlike the Ivybridge that can use the H67/P67 and Z68 chipsets from Sandybridge.
And concerning the upgrade path, sticking a i3-2100 (the mid-low tier from sandybridge) still enables you for all the i5, i7 from sandybridge and the upcoming ivybridge.
Concerning about the performance and power consumption. Intel have the upper hand in both categories. As AMD, Intel will too improve the performance and the power consumption.
I do realize that FX-4100 isn't a bad CPU.. it's just that i3-2100 is faster and consumes less power (and of course more expensive).