Hello forums. I haven't built or bought a new PC in 5-6 years. I wanted to get back into it with a very low budget, casual gaming rig for World of Warcraft and Skyrim. It will be my main computer so all other daily routines will be done on it as well; Facebook, Youtube, Twitch TV, Email & Photo Editing (nothing major).
Approximate Purchase Date: Monday 9/17/2012
Budget Range: $450 ($500 after taxes & shipping)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching HD Videos & Streams, Gaming, Photo Editing
Are you buying a monitor: NO Overclocking: NO SLI: NO
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only
Here is the system I priced out @ Newegg ($492 after shipping & taxes)
The G870 was voted "Best Gaming CPU for $100" ($89) with the 256 bit Radeon 6870 ($175) or do I get with the more powerful i3-3220 Ivy ($119) but "skimp" on the video and get the 128 bit Radeon 7770 ($137)
I guess I'm asking which combination would give me more performance and which one would YOU rather have.
Edit: I'll be purchasing on Monday 9-17-12
Edit: Main use: Watching HD Videos & live streams, the standard social media, Skyrim (4-6 hours per week) & World of Warcraft (15-20 hours per week). I won't be doing any other gaming on this setup.
Here is what I think I'm going with. By dropping the Case and picking up a used one somewhere I can get the i3-2100 and a Radeon 6850. I am a little skeptical of the PSU though, I don't quite know how much power I'll actually need.