Hi guys, appreciate your help on this! I've been putting together my own computers for a while but my current one is about 5 years old and only barely runs modern games. Looking to upgrade on the cheap, but I don't want to be unrealistic about what I'm getting (or compromise so much it's not worth it.
Approximate Purchase Date: next 2-4 weeks
Budget Range: $200-$400, around there
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, encoding media, running linux VMs for random development
Are you buying a monitor: No, have a 24" Dell IPS that I'm happy with - 1980x1200
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, Video card, thinking about adding SSD, keeping PSU & HDDs
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Bay Area
Overclocking: if it's easy (I'm lazy & busy now)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Games I want to play: Diablo 3, WoW, maybe some other current-gen MMOs or FPSs. Only spend about 2-3 hours / wk gaming; would love to play more but busy w/work & family.
** Current Parts I'm keeping **:
Case: have mid-tower case, I like it fine
HDDs: 2x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green (one WDC WD10EADS-00M2B0 and one WDC WD10EACS-00D6B0 ) Side note looks like searching for the first one has some failure complaints - should I replace it? Both of them?
Looks "pretty good" however, the ssd doesn't help performance at all, it gives faster load times which i know you might want but seriously, scrap the ssd, with that money and the extra money grab a i3 2100, if you want upgrade the mobo to asrock z77 pro3... next ive never heard of that RAM before, Try this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , so with these upgrades let me see what the final price is.....
It's not worth it. Dropping the GPU for CPU. Here are the parts you could use for it:
CPU: Pentium G860 $90 @Newegg
MOBO: MSI H61M-P31 mATX $62 @Newegg
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GTX 560 $164 @Newegg
RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaw X Series 4GB 1333MHz $27@Newegg
Total is $343
The SSD is a waste. All it does is speed up boot times.
@hunterpostit88, @spicy_benie, thanks for weighing in!
Looks like you guys are both recommending I upgrade to an i3 rather than go with the super cheap mobo and a better graphics card. Will that let me upgrade to a better graphics card in the future or just that the build I put was too low-end CPU?
On last question. Do you have a Microcenter or mind buying from one? they have a deal when you buy a CPU you get $50 off the mobo or something. The GTX 560 is a pretty good card. Like spicy said the CPU was just under par.