Hi all and thanks for all future replies,
I am beginning my first gaming build. I am very young (only 13) and limited to a budget 0f around $600. I am expecting to be building ~March next year, so I can get both Christmas and birthday money. I have done much research, but still need some things cleared up.
I am hoping to play games such as Starcraft II, BF3, and a few not as graphics rich games. I like excellent qua lit graphics, and frame rates don't matter al long as they are above ~30-40.
I am thinking of going with the AMD FX 6100 6 Core Black Edition CPU, and a Asrock 970-EXTREME4 mobo to go with it. Is this a good choice, or should I take the i3? And the Sandy or Ivy, if so? The motherboard certainly looked good, but may not be so. Any experiences with it?
I am also hoping to get a Sapphire AMD 7770 GHz 1GB, which is excellent quality for price I believe. My ram is 1600MHz 8GB, and I have just a cheapish HDD. I still need some more recommendations. What should I do?
Oh and PS I'm Aussie so I can't go Newegg or similar
Oh and to add I would use this for basically only gaming, I have a mac for all that other stuff. I would use the computer quite regally, like every day. I also want it to as silent as possible, but maybe that is to much to ask for a $600 rig
Overclocking isn't that important to me. I have a HDD from an older computer, but I guess I will have to wait a bit longer to see what happens.
Sorry! Do keep in mind the fact that you can stagger the build at least a little bit though to spread our price ... If you have to put off the graphic card for a couple of months that seems worth it in order to have a functioning PC that can do some online games.
Also - some of these parts you can purchase now, independently of your final build. Start looking for deals/high quality used parts for the Case and PSU (but only a high quality warrantied PSU). What you are looking for in these areas wont change.
If I were shopping for a $600 gaming PC I'd probably balance it out something like this: $130 processor, $80 motherboard, $30 RAM, $170 graphics, $30 power supply and as little as you can on the hard drive, operating system, case + optical.