So recently my gaming PC of 8 years went down, and I am in need of a new PC, my only requirement is that I can play CS:GO, and have a system that I will be able to easily add on. I have a hd I can use and a crappy Nvidia Geforce 210 as well, plus a case if I part out my old computer for the time being, also I get free Win 7. So basically, I am looking at:
Video Card (Maybe, 210 can probably run CS:GO, not sure how well)
I want to eventually upgrade the parts over time, but would like to establish a nice baseline system that I can work off of. I was thinking something like:
My main questions stem from whether I should go Ivy Bridge or Sandy, is it worth it to have the onboard gfx over a Nvidia 210? Also, I have read about compatibility issues with Ivy bridge with some motherboards, is this anything to really be concerned about?
this will game a high on 720P, medium-high at 1600x900, and low-medium at 1920x1080 for modern games. games before 2009, high/ultra at 1920x1080
(the 6550D + 6670 is just about equal to a 6770 in ability in most games)
Total: $455.94 (after $5.99 shipping and before $20 MIR)
I picked a Z77 platform because you said you wanted the ability to upgrade. However, you could save $25 by going with this ASRock H77M. I believe the biggest difference betwene Z77 and H77 is you can't overclock on H77, but you'd need a more expensive, unlocked CPU to overclock anyway.
$450 is a pretty good budget for just the PC guts. CS:GO, like all Source engine games, probably won't be very demanding, but 210 is not a gaming card at all. I suggest getting something decent. The 6850 I picked out has a nice factory overclock too.