System Usage from Most to Least important: gaming, everything else
Are you buying a monitor: no
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none
Location: Australia, in victoria
Parts Preferences: none, so long as they're good bang for buck
SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future
Your Monitor resoloution: 1920x1080
When are you purchasing: Buying in the next month or so
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: current computer has an intel processor that still uses pins! I want a new that can play Battlefield 3 on medium specs at 1080 by 1920
Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links:
Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $195.00 Motherboard
MSI Z77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $125.00 Memory
G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory Hard Drive
Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $109.00 Video Card
PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card $139.00 - Case
Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Casem $49.00
OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $79.00
A 7770 is a pretty weak video card for a gaming machine, and not the best compliment to an i5, especially for battlefield 3. You might consider saving up a little more for a higher budget. At bare minimum, I would be looking to get a 560 TI or a Radeon 7850 to max out Battlefield 3.
Ok, so the 7850 isnt a bad card? I will probably crossfire a year from now, will this card gain a decent boost from it? The reason i chose the 7770 is because it crossfires well(so iv'e heard), so i can go a bit cheaper now, and increase later
My problem is the fact that my parents wont let me hit the "sweet" spot for bang for buck, so a 250$ 7850 is too much. (should it even cost that much?)
Also, i wnat the computer to be fairly futureproof, so should i up anything else?
Ill have a look at reguAr ol' hard drives. I can just get an SSD in a year or to when prices are sensible
My thoughts exactly. It would be good to hold off, there is a price war going on with them, they already have dropped quite a bit and should keep going.
Also, aside from previous gen video cards, what would you recomend for my build, because in australia, their seems to be no such thing as a cheap, more powerful old card.
GTX 480s I don't know about Australia, but here in the US they're less than half the price they originally were and are still quite powerful even today.
For decent cards that I would consider, 6870 is about as low as I think I would go. GTX 570 are a good option, 560 TI, if you have to an SLI of 2 GTX 460s would even be a good option.. Do you have links of places you're shopping at so I can see whats available?