So I'm a complete newbie to building computers. I do know what RAM is, and that kind of thing (I'm not completely out of touch), but for example subtle differences between GPUs I am not good with. So I was looking around for a budget gaming build (to play games like CoD, Battlefield, Combat Arms, etc.... FPS in general), and found a link to something I'm sure you guys have seen... [here]. Now this says that you can build a nice gaming PC for about $600 (updated February of this year). Now... I've looked around. I've seen prices. Anything/everything I see is screaming well over $600. So I was wondering... was it possible? Here's exactly what I need/know:
I need to play: Call of Duty, Battlefield (3 or Bad company, doesn't matter), Combat Arms, and other more lightweight FPS (those are more hefty). If it can run Skyrim, so much the better, but I'm not hoping for that. The thing is that I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE GRAPHICS!!! I'LL REPEAT: I DON'T care about the graphics quality.Okay, maybe a little. Medium would be nice. As long as I can tell what's going on and the fps is good, I'm fine. As long as it can run it without hiccups, I'm good with it. This is why I think the price might go down. So here are the specs I saw (yes, I know they go to rerouting pages. You don't notice them, and yeah, it's uncomfortable, but they're on the website links):
Quick question. For internet, I probably need a wifi antenna or something connected. I do have an ethernet cable. I wasn't sure if that was included in the motherboard/case or not...
Total price of above: $535
So I'm asking you... what would you switch out? What's a better deal for the money? Can this run Battelfield and Call of Duty, anyway? Over at the forums, they're saying, "yeah! Sure! These'll handle B3 and Skyrim fine! Don't worry!", but I'm a little incredulous because everywhere else I looked, people were saying stuff in the thousands. Kind of makes me wonder, why would you need the way better parts then?
Thanks to both of you! I have updated the video card link. I do have an OS (Windows 7 Ultimate ), so I wasn't factoring that in. Thanks for the power supply and case heads up. What I do want to know still is whether the build I have will run the games. If so, I'm okay with it... the other, better build sosofm suggested is still considered!
P.S. Is Windows 64 bit and 32 bit on the same installation CD?
So overall, would you guys recommend sosofm's build or mine? We have the same GPU, which I assume is the main bottleneck, so are they about the same? Also, thanks for the better PSUs... really saved me!
Thanks to all of you guys! Sosofm, I'm using your build... I noticed the case before, and forgot about it. That is EXACTLY what I'm looking for! Obsama1, I really like the other case (it's got more... stuff!) and I don't want to skimp on graphics cards. Sure, the 6870 is a little more expensive, but if it gets me another few months of up-to-date gameplay, I'm happy! I just have to ask one more thing:
I noticed that the fans on the HAF case are said to be bad. Are there any cooling units you personally would recommend? I'm probably not going to overclock, but cooling is something I'm willing to invest a LITTLE more in (I'm not going for LED super-cooling liquid helium to go to 8ghz).
Also (I know I said one more thing), are there any other mobos you would recommend? I did notice only two RAM slots on that one (which isn't terrible), but I'm building for the first time, so if there's anything else... please say! I don't need an OS, so I think I can spend a little more on other stuff!