Hello forums. I've been trying to price out a new system with parts only from Newegg. I am currently using an old Gateway FX P-6860 laptop for my normal computer usage (Youtube, HD Streams, video editing) and casual gaming. The games are World of Warcraft (15-20 hours weekly) and Skyrim (4-6 hours weekly). I had a system in mind but I realized I needed a monitor because I'll be going from a laptop to a desktop. So that extra cost has really cut down my system performance.
So here's what I was thinking for parts. Max cost is $500 after Taxes & Shipping (very strict budget).
This is where I have options. The components already listed will work with whatever CPU / Mobo & GPU I get. I have ~$170 for the CPU, Mobo & GPU. (I already have an ATX Mid Tower case, keyboard, mouse, speakers & Win 7)
If the Pentium G620 2.6ghz and a Radeon HD 6670 can outperform the OC'd A8-3870 in games then the Pentium G860 3.0ghz (400mhz faster than the tested G620) I listed is definitely the way to go. Also, the upgrade opportunities are endless. i3 or i5 and an HD 6850 and new mobo next tax season. I'm sold on the Pentium.
That's got a good 1080p monitor and is still a much better build than any that has a Radeon 6670 or a Pentium CPU. Phenom II x4 955 with a highly factory overclocked Radeon 7770 that'll compete with any Radeon 6870 in gaming performance. It comes in at under $493 after rebates. If you can't do rebates, then this is also a good build that isn't much worse: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hFGj
First off, thank you for your reply and taking the time to suggest parts. After reviewing your list I don't need a case, you left out an Optical Drive, that monitor isn't sold at Newegg, only 4gb RAM (I thought 8gb was minimum now), I'm not sure how much power I'll need but I think 350w is kind of weak and AMD Phenom > Pentium?
Sorry, a case can be switched out with an 8GB memory kit. The case is $30 and a good 8GB memory kit will go for less than $30 more than the 4GB kit that I recommended.
Does the monitor need to eb from newegg? I didn't realize that you were only buying from newegg, maybe you said this and I missed it.
Phenom II x4 is better than Intel's Pentiums in most games. Intel's i5s are then better than the Phenom II x4s, but not the Pentiums. The i3s are more comparable to the Phenom II x4s, but they're more expensive than the model that I recommended.
Also, although 8GB is often recommended, 4GB is still the minimum.