It has been a while since I have built a new PC. Things have changed during this time so I need a bit of help from you all. I use the conventional template:
Approximate Purchase Date: this week Budget Range: Not determined, less is better. I hope the title (low-end/mediocre) guide you through this. System Usage: (general computing (surfing the internet, watching movies, office), gaming) Are you buying a monitor: No. Parts to Upgrade: Nothing, I guess I can’t use old PATA DVD RW anymore. Do you need to buy OS: No. Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I visit newegg for prices. Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel CPUs over AMD. Good quality parts and low prices. Reputable brands. Overclocking: Maybe (I always overclock but this build is for my cousin who may not have proper technical knowledge) SLI or Crossfire: NO.
Currently I have the following in mind:
CPU: For gaming i3-2100 is preferred over Celeron G530/Pentium G630. Although I am always a fan of Celeron. MoBo: Currently there are many chipsets available for sandy bridge. I think H61 would be a reasonable option. But it doesn’t support CPU overclocking and core i3 doesn’t support Turbo Boost Technology?! But I don’t like to pay more for overclocking. Memory: 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 (I think it’s a better option than 2 x 2GB) Hard Drive: Considering price/GB, It seems 1TB hard drive is the most optimal capacity today. Video Card: Radeon HD 7770 is more than enough. I like the latest generation of video cards. So no HD 6xxx. As I don't know about the budget yet, I may choose cheaper ones. So any suggestion for this second option (cheaper and really good performance/price ratio) is also welcome. Case and PSU: Please suggest. Optical Drive: DVD ReWriter.
Please tell me about changes, suggestions, ..
Now, this 6870 is WAY better than the 7770. You could go 6850 in a pinch. Keep in mind that 6xxx to 7xxx isn't all that different ( I mean, the 6850 isn't the same as the 7850, but the 6870 > 7770). Just look at benchmarks. If you want 7770, take it, though. I'd go with an ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 mobo if possible to have Z68.l