I'm trying to make a gaming computer for as little money as possible, absolutely nothing over 600, because I'm on a very tight budget. I'm not too big of a graphics guy, so I don't need to run two 670's in sli or anything like that...
My ultimate goal with this build is future proofing. I want something that will at least be capable of playing modern games for the next five or six years, if not on highest setttings with AA. In light of that goal, I'm opting for an AMD quad core rather than a core i3. I don't have the budget for something like an i5.
my newegg wish list has all the parts I've selected so far: secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19522052
The total comes in just over 580, and my question is, what improvements can I make without going over budget? Where can I skimp a little more to save money? And (I'm a big noob at pc building, this is my first ever, so this may be a stupid question, but) will the parts I've selected here be compatible?
Futureproofing is a myth. Any PC gaming build is obsolete and slow within 2yrs. Simple. Doesn't matter if its 800 or 2000. Spend around 900 now and upgrade as necessary after 2yrs. And yes, games are using threading more and more. A core i3 isn't worth it. You want a Phenom x4 965 or equivalent minimum.
Z77 w/ an i5 or even an i3 with a powerful graphics card. The Z77 chipset has PCIe 3.0, though you'll want to find a board with PCIe 2.0, and 3.0 which is very doable. I got the GA-Z77-D3H which has both slots. I'm using a 560, but will be getting a 670 FTW next month.
I just bought an i5 3570k, mobo, case, ram, and cpu cooler for under $550. though I also already have the HDD, Graphics, and Power supply.
I got the GA-Z77-D3H w/ i5 3570k for $340~ tonight.
You don't seem to understand, I'm not worried about the flashiest graphics, and I don't have 900 to spend. All I want is something that will be functional for the next 4-5 years. I am however seriously considering getting a 965 rather than an i3. Of those, which one should game better?
I understand, I was showing you how you could upgrade o_O I even pointed out your "Best" option would be to get the i3 w/ a powerful graphics card. Sorry to disappoint but the i3 probably wouldn't last you 4-5 years, maybe the i5.
Go with build B. Stick with the i3. You at least have an upgrade path to an 2500k as needed. Games are just no there yet tho. As for AMD, at this point the i3 can match any AMD cpu out and AMD's upgrade path does not look very good.