I want to be able to melt faces on BF3, CS:S and League of Legends.
Also, I want to be able to use VST's on FL Studio to make some crazy music.
I found a sweet deal for the FX-8120 processor along with some free or heavily discounted motherboards, so I figure that will help out a lot.
I figure I won't have the money for the most high end graphics card and that is OK. I don't really know what BF3 requires to play at uber-high settings, but the monitor I have right now is 22" and 1650x1080 so I don't care.
I was just hoping that I could get a little bit of advice to build around my CPU + Motherboard choice
So far I have decided on:
CPU: AMD FX-8120
Motherboard: I'm trying to decide between:
Sabertooth Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX
GA-990FXA-UD3 Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX
990FX Extreme3 AM3+ ATX
970 Extreme4 AM3+ ATX
M5A97 AM3+ ATX
GA-970A-UD3 Socket AM3+ 970 ATX
I don't know *** about what motherboards to buy, but I will never buy Biostar again.
I figure I can buy this AMD processor that everyone loves to hate for REALLY CHEAP and get a motherboard that is good enough to plant two awesome graphics cards and upgrade my CPU when Piledriver or Excavator is cheaper.
RAM: 8GB of something cheap, I don't know what is good anymore
Graphics Card: Open to suggestions, would like to give myself the ability to SLI or Crossfire
Hard Drive: Have one.
DVD Drive: Have one.
Sound Card: I'm researching this.
PSU: I don't know how much I need
Case: I have an old Antec Sonata II, but I hate it with a serious passion so I would like something new.
So to wrap up: I want to play games and make trash music (taking music theory right now!)
Interesting stuff. Well, I'm still going with the FX-8120 as BF3 and Metro were both unaffected by CPU performance. And I'm assuming 8 quasi-cores will allow me to run more programs in tandem than 4 cores.
no pc can really "melt faces" on newest games for 600$
The PC isn't what melts faces, its the player. I am a bit afraid of having an underwhelming BF3 experience for 600$, but I'll still have an upgrade path for graphics -- with Crossfire still on the table. As long as I get a steady 60-100fps on CS:Source/Promod/Global Offensive, a steady 60-100fps on LoL, and I can play BF3 at low settings with ~60fps I will be happy as a clam .
Can anybody explain to me the specific types of PSU's for Crossfire? I'm bloody confused. Its like you need two 6+2 pin connectors or something and I just don't know.