Overclocking: maybe later, if I really need too, but not now
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
so I'm looking to build my first pc on a fairly tight budget here. I've done a lot of research and this is what I've come up with. How does it look?
By the way, the one area I am uncertain of here is the motherboard. However, I don't need much. I won't be using Crossfire, and I'll probably be ditching both this mobo and cpu in a little over a year for an i5 from whatever Intel's latest cpu line is at that time. As long as this mobo won't fry or die on me in general, it will be just fine.
--How are you planning on purchasing everything? All together, same day, in a few weeks, or could it be over a couple weeks?
--Given the time of year, black friday and all, you can save money by watching for deals. Make sure you sign up for newegg and ncix mailing lists.
--Cases and power supplies are easy to get cheap if you watch for them. Especially if mail-in-rebates are okay. Last week I got a rather cheap, but perfectly fine, case for $50 dollars with 2 rebates equaling $50, essentially making it free. That's pretty rare, of course, and a bit of a risk, but I see at least 1 or 2 descent mid tower cases for $20 every month on newegg. Power supplies work the same way to a slightly lesser degree.
--Whenever you buy anything go to fatwallet first and find their link to newegg. They offer cash back by using their hotlinks. It's reliable and you get about 3% back. It takes about a month after each purchase before you are eligible to transfer the funds to a paypal account. http://www.fatwallet.com/?referral=varriform
That is a referral link from me, but it is not necessary to be referred by anyone. If you find this information useful than by all means use it, we both benefit from it. Completely up to you
--I'll do a very quick build just to give an idea parts at current prices. Keep in mind that today (Monday) is probably the worst day for deals at newegg. Least amount of overlap since weekend deals and previous week deals have ended.
OS - watch deals closely because prices are expected to hit at least $50 for Windows 7 during black friday deals. With windows 8 out Microsoft is trying to push 8 like crazy and clean out 7
--Note: the reason I suggested a Radeon 7770 is that video cards are easier to upgrade than processors and motherboards, in my opinion. The resale value is descent and it's only a matter or switching the card out. Plus, the 7770 is not a bad card and can play any modern intensive game at high settings (could be a couple exceptions). Just something to consider. I would choose the 7770 and spend the saved money on a cpu if it was my only computer. As a gaming machine you would definitely be better with a 7850 though
Debatable. For the price the FX-6300 is better than the i3-3220, but yeah you're better off going Intel but their higher end CPUs are much more expensive.
Agreed. OP, do keep in mind the FX series is going to use about 100w more during load. The FX will perform better for general pc usage compared to an i3 3220.
What it comes down to is efficiency. Intel makes a far superior, perhaps intelligent, processor at a premium price, compared to AMD. They're able to pack impressive performance in to a dual core 55w processor. Games, generally only using 2 threads, make fanastic use of this efficiency
AMD is basically doing the opposite, dishing out a 1 GHZ increase and 100w load increase on an unlocked processor. It's not nearly as efficient though. Applications and general OS usage generally benefit from this sort of powerful processor
As for the power consumption, it's not a HUGE deal, maybe a few more cents on top of your current energy build if you went Intel quite honestly. Keep in mind, the FX-6300 can overclock, the i3 3220 can't. Also, in gaming, the i3 3220 usually just benches next to the FX-6300/4300 so... Yeah. In normal apps the 6300 is better.
Plus, w/o changing your motherboard, you'll be set for the next few generations from AMD as they will stick with AM3+ for Steamroller as well.