Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates : $200 (see below)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: SWTOR, WoW, Civ V, Word, Internet
Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Case (NZXT Guardian Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case), PSU (PC Power and Cooling S61EPS 610W ), the biggie is I already have an i5-2500 bare processor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 14x9
Additional Comments: I've never had to shop for a Motherboard or a heatsink/fan before so I'm a little lost.
Other parts I'm buying:
500GB HD ($85)
8G Ram 2sticks of 4GB ($40)
DVD Burner ($15)
Win 7 ($100)
So I've got $200 left and I need a Heatsink/Fan for the CPU, and a Motherboard. I'd appreciate any suggestions you might be able to offer.
The boards look very similar, but the Gigabyte board states: PCI Express 3.0 x16 2 (x16, x4) (All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard. To support PCI Express 3.0, you must install an Intel 22nm CPU. ) What does that mean?
The video cards I'm looking at is a Radeon 6870. They are PCI Express 2.1 x16. Does Sapphire or XFX have a better reputation?
If you go cheap on a motherboard - one of the few areas where you really do get what you pay for - be prepared to sacrifice lots of features which will make expansion incredibly frustrating in the long run.