Hey I'm looking to build a cheapo gaming desktop to replace my laptop for gaming. Right now I'm running on an Lenovo Y570(i7 SB, 555M, 8GB) for gaming but I have too many heat lag spikes. I haven't owned a desktop in forever so I need some advice on parts. I'm looking to build for about $600. Here's what I have so far:
But will the i3-2120 bottleneck on the system? I'm not sure how games like GW2 are on GPU/CPU demands.
In games like GW2, and most MMO's most likely no. Games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and Crysis, these games can all take advantage of more than 2 cores, slightly starting out and gradually increasing the more you turn up the eye candy and resolution. If you're that worried, it may be worth saving up a little longer so you can get an i5, but no as a rule its not going to be worth sacrificing on the video card for the privilege of having an i5.
The crazy deal comes from the fact that they're selling them at a loss hoping it will get you to shop in their store. They're killing their company trying to keep their Brick&Mortar stores afloat selling products that don't require "show rooms". May as well take advantage of the deals while you can if you're close enough to one.