I've been going through the forums for a while now trying to teach myself what I need to use in building a gaming pc/ possible media center to hook up to my tv. I have taken a very strong liking to Silverstone's SG08 case and am trying to find the best parts for it for my budget (trying to stay close to/below $800). Here's what I have picked out:
I don't plan on overclocking or anything like that. Future upgrades would include a large storage hdd, a blu-ray drive, and a newer graphics card.
Basically I want to be able to play any games that come out now at fairly high settings and hopefully be able to get through the next "console" cycle while still being able to at least run anything that is available on 720.
I'm making the jump from an Xbox 360 to pc gaming for mods and emulation of past games (Wind Waker in HD looks gorgeous). I do plan on playing the majority of games with an xbox controller if that makes a difference.
I just want to make sure i picked the right parts. Not entirely sure if the motherboard i picked is the best one for the money...
I love small ITX gaming builds.
Here are my thoughts:
1) You have selected a $175 cpu and a $170 graphics card.
For gaming, the graphics card is more important than the cpu for most games.
I suggest you budget twice the cpu cost for your graphics card.
In this case, for your combined $345 budget,a $130 i3-3220 paired with a $220 GTX560ti would give you better gaming.
I have heard some people talking about problems with optical drives and the sg08 in terms of connections which makes me hesitant to buy a non-silverstone dvd drive. If someone who has an sg08 could verify that it works id love to save the money.
My thoughts on the cpu/gpu is that id rather get a nicer cpu now that will last longer so i can swap out the graphics card for a better one down the line when they will be cheaper. in a couple of years the i5 will be equivalent to the i3 now, but the graphics card now can do everything I want it to do for now, and it will be easier to swap that out then to put in a new cpu. At least that's how I see it. Not sure if that's right
Also I do plan on upgrading to 8gb shortly, it just seems for the time being with games, 4gb is enough. I also know it's usually just a matter of plugging in the ram.
My main goal is to keep this build initially as cheap as possible with a good foundation, and then be able to do quick upgrades in the future as I get the money.
Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I'm gonna keep reading and hopefully post an updated build later today.