I'm new to TH and I came here on a recommendation from a friend who used this thread to help him build a rig recently. I am an avid gamer who has decided it is time to get a gaming PC. Please feel free to pick this apart and tell me I am stupid for picking one thing over another. I just want the best bang for my buck, also should i be going with the 7870 or the 7970 GFX chip they seem really similar.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month. (I am waiting for a paycheck)
Budget Range: $800-$1000
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
Do you need to buy OS: Yes: but I am looking for a cheap copy since I am a student.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon since I have prime, Newegg, Tigerdirect.
Location: New York, New York, USA
Parts Preferences: I want an Intel CPU but besides that anything goes.
SLI or Crossfire:Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,
Additional Comments: I am trying to stay under $1000 if at all possible, but I still want to have a relatively powerful rig. Also I need help with selecting a power supply and a case, as well as a wireless card.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a 4 year old Macbook that can't game for the life of it, and I am sick of it.
Thanks for all the help everyone! My finger is on the purchase button but I would like just one more review of my build. I decided on the 7870 because the 7970 really didn't seem like such an upgrade. What about my case? Is it a good pick? Please let me know I will probably be buying this build on Thursday or Friday. Also on my wireless card, will i be noticing the difference between 150 Mbps and 300 Mbps?