Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month
Budget Range: 400-600 USD After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, some 3D modeling
Parts Not Required: All peripherals, PSU (Silencer S75CF 750W), case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but I am not terribly picky
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: none
Upgrading the "guts" of my old PC. My goal is to build a gaming computer that will last ~4 years as inexpensively as possible. I've selected parts I think would be suitable, and am looking for tweaks/suggestions/GIANT MISTAKES I HAVE MADE.
Pretty cheap, several reviews mention positive results doing what I plan to. I'm fairly focused on gaming, and this seems to cut a fair amount of features that would go unused in favor of a lower pricetag.
I see a lot of recommendations for this, and some solid results. My main concern is that between the CPU itself and the fan I'd need to purchase for OC'ing, that's an additional $60 for what seems like a fairly marginal performance increase over the i5-2400. I guess the question here is... is it worth the pricetag?
I'm not planning on going crazy with OC'ing (aiming for 4GHz), and this seems like it will be able to handle that. I've not heard a specific confirmation that it will fit on the motherboard, but I did see a review of someone using an EVO (which has almost the exact same dimensions) without any issue.
Again, solid reviews, solid benchmarking. I'm also considering a 5850 as its performance appears only marginally inferior, while selling for around half the price (though I suspect longevity will become a Thing in that case).
RAM: Kingston HyperX TI Series 8 GB (2x4GB) PC12800