Alright so first I'll start off by saying I plan to use the "new build template" once I make a final decision on AMD vs Intel. However, before I make that decision, I'm still a little torn between which processor to go with. Keeping in mind of a budget around $800 (without monitor) and about 90% of the computer's usage going to gaming (Planetside 2, Diablo 3 most likely) here's my question:
I have two friends who just built systems, one with a Phenom II 960T and the other a Phenom II 975. Both seem to be extremely pleased with their systems, which were built at around $750. I'm trying to decide whether or not, for my needs, building something with similar hardware would be worthwhile, assuming an AM3+ mobo would suffice for an upgrade at some point down the line. Or should I just chalk up the extra money and go for an i5-2400, which would probably pull my end price up to around $850? ( I'm dead set on a quad core, unless I can be overwhelmingly convinced otherwise, so don't worry about suggesting an i3 )
I plan to spend around $160-180 on my gpu, most likely GTX 560 or Radeon 6870.
This is very solid. I would Suggest going with a corsair still personally just because of personal experience with Corsair, also if you can spend more with that z68 go with an i5, but I know you are on a budget here.
Thanks for the help.
Serial with your build, adding in Win 7 and a Mobo puts me around 950 bucks. I need to trim like 100 off of that. If I downgraded my GPU a bit, does that still keep me with a pretty powerful system?