Approximate Purchase Date: Now
Budget Range: around 400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg
Country: Florida, US
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
I’m upgrading my current system an Athlon Dual Core 2.6 Ghz. I was planning on keeping my case, power supply, video card, drives, and peripherals. The games I’ve been playing run poorly. Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2 (beta). I’d like to be able to run them smoothly on medium/high.
I haven’t built a computer in years. I’ve never tried overclocking either. I was initially thinking AMD again but everyone has been strongly recommending Intel. I’m also hoping my current power supply will be OK?
1 o not get 1.35v ram. they have no real advantage over 1.5v ram
2: get a ivy bridge chip. they are faster clock for clock and are more power friendly. a good one is i5 3550 or i5 3570k if you ever do plan to overclock
3: if you are going to get ivy bridge, get a z77 mobo. a good one is a asus p8z77-v or the p8z77 LK. they are both about the same. another board that i recommend is a msi z77a-gd55-65. they have a great one touch overclocking.