Sorry for spamming the forums lately, just want to make sure I am spending my money well. I have recently discovered that I may not be able to get enough money (fast enough for my likes) to get the optimal $800 PC. I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Need all parts (including the $99 Win 7) otherwise, and would like to overclock sometime. I am not settling for an Intel i3, so PLEASE don't suggest it. Otherwise, I am open to suggestions. I would also like some room for a CPU cooler, probably the Hyper 212 EVO. I want this PC to be able to decently handle intensive games like BF3, Diablo 3, and such. If I missed any info, I am sorry i'm in a rush. Help?
I would strongly suggest that you rethink the requirement for overclocking. There is not enough money in your budget for an unlocked i5, AND a decent enough mobo for overclocking, AND a graphics card good enough to play these games well. Should you choose an AMD build for the sake of overclocking, you will be sharply limiting your performance and be at a performance dead-end. If you get a lesser Intel CPU for now, you'll be able to upgrade it later. I'll work on a build for you...
Ok, here's a build. It has a lot of painful compromises, but that just means you'll have places to upgrade as you are able.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
No choice about this one.
Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:EA-500D Green
$89.99 -$20.00 Instant $69.99
This PSU will support future upgrades.
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99
As much as it pains me to go with only two years of warranty, the WD Black is another $20.
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:Z75 Pro3
Appears to be decent on paper. Will support overclocking in the future when you upgrade the CPU.
Sentey Classic Series CS3-3340 TAC2.0 Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:CS3-3340 TAC2.0
$49.99 -$20.00 Instant $29.99
A cheap case. At least the PSU is on the bottom, but it looks like there's no cable management. Another $20-$30 here gets a much nicer case.
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
Mail in Rebate Card
Should play all your games with "decent" settings. If you need to shave the budget, a HD7770 here (for $120) would probably also work, and you could then get a 380W Earthwatts savinge another $25 there.
Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850
Will play all those games. This is a placeholder CPU though; you'd replace it later when you can.
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
8GB would be nice, but not yet essential; and costs another $15-$20.
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
One optical drive is much like another, although this one does not have Lightscribe. Add another $8 or so if you want that.
Needing an OS too, you've got a very tight budget. I don't think these parts suck (or I wouldn't suggest them), but it is obvious how a little more money would go a long way with this build.
my rig would eat yours for breakest lunch and dinner all week and lose weight because of it
...only until the VRMs on that cheap MSI burned. And, in a couple of months, mine could be upgraded. Yours is stuck.
...although for another $30, he could put a HD7850 in mine also, but given shipping and extortion, we are both possibly busting his budget.
He could save $10 on yours by getting a Xigmatek Gaia CPU cooler. As good as the CM (better than the original Hyper 212+, and quieter as well); I'd have him get that later, at the time of the CPU upgrade. In the mean time, the stock Intel cooler will be sufficient.