Approximate Purchase Date: next few days (the closer the better)
Budget Range: $600 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming at least medium setttings or better, upgradable
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: reputable sites
Location: NW Ohio
Parts Preferences: Nope
Overclocking: Maybe with future upgrades
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe with future upgrades
Your Monitor Resolution: no idea
Additional Comments: building it to play GW2 and 2-3 years of current games with only minor upgrades (CPU/RAM)
I've been pouring over benchmarks, reviews and price comparisons. And learning sooo much. I'm wondering if I'm missing something. Are my components compatable? Are there compromises I can make without sacrificing too much performance? Or better options available? I really want to buy in the next few days.
2 x4 gig of RAM will run in Dual channel , doubling the bandwidth of the connection between RAM and processor
Over all system performance will increase by between 6 an 10 % depending on what you are doing
Your build needs a 500 watt psu . 80+ bronze or better .
Antec also make excellent cases .
I quite like the Antec One for budget builds . It even has front USB 3 ports
Thank you for explaining about the RAM. That certainly makes sense. Also, should i get a 500watt psu instead of the 700watt I have? Was thinking it would allow me more upgade later, it was really good price, but will it cause problems for my current build?
Yes a 500 watt psu would be fine for you. But If you are certain of making upgrades to your computer sometime in the future then i would go with the 700 watt psu to have room for those upgrades. and having extra watts on hand will not harm your computer.