I am trying to put together a “little @$$ gaming computer” for my son. “little” – because if his age and my budget
That’s gonna be his first gaming rig.
Approximate Purchase Date: this/next week, we will assemble it together in late August
Budget Range: $800 Before Rebates; no need for OS or LCD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming plus some movies/internet
Are you buying a monitor: No, gonna use existing 24” 1920x1080 LCD
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com or microcenter store; microcenter is better with 3.5% sales tax, newegg will charge all 7%)
Location: Northern New Jersey, USA (15 minutes away from microcenter store)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
I am having a dilemma, or even a tri-lemma here…
I have discussed this build with my friend, who has some experience in this.
We originally started with FX-4170 and HD 7770 combination.
Then, after reading tons of threads on this and other forums, I started to ask the question “why not an i5-2500K ?”
Then he came up with idea of HD 6870 instead of 7770 – it is a little bit more expensive, but 50% better
Then I saw microcenter’s August paper with all those CPU+mobo deals/discounts and came up with “why not i5-3570K, if they give 50$ of on a combo”
The only item which is out of question is a case – I gonna get either red or white/blue NZXT Phantom 410 for 90$ plus change.
Because of outstanding CPU-mobo-GPU questions I cannot decide what cooler and PSU I need…
HDD-wise it gonna be, most likely, some 1TB hard drive…
Memory – I think 8GB is good enough for now.