OK, try not to laugh too hard at my current setup. Using a Dell Dimension 5150 with a 3GHz Prescott P4 and 2GB RAM and a GeForce 7300GS video card. Still using an old CRT so target game resolution is 1280x1024 for now.
I don't currently play any modern games (obviously) but wouldn't mind having the option in the future. Mostly playing Lord of the Rings Online and some indie and older games. My target to start with is to be able to play LOTRO in high detail at 1280x1024. Would like to have the option to upgrade to a newer monitor and a more powerful video card in the future if I want to play newer games at higher resolutions. The only other things I do with the machine is basic web browsing, some video converting ripping our dvd collection to our media player, and playing around with virtual machines a bit getting used to linux.
Budget is tight. Not sure exactly how much I'll be able to spend, but cheaper is definitely better. I don't have any loyalty to AMD or Intel so suggest what you think is best. The last time I build my own system with new parts instead of other people's throw away parts was probably a P3 so I'm not completely up on modern hardware. From the research I've been trying to do it look like the i5-3570K is probably at the ideal point for price/performance ratio for what I want, but I'm not sure if the budget will stretch to that. If not what would the recommendation be? i3, fx series, something else? Any ideas if the newer Intel integrated graphics could handle older games at 1280x1024 at a decent detail level? If I could skip a graphics card for now I could probably spend a little more on the other components and then get a better graphics card later.
That's what I'd consider a pretty solid build, at least per price better than using an i5 3570K and its IGPU for gaming. (PS, it's not THAT great as in the iGPU). I'd go for a dedicated card unless it's like the A10-5800K's APU. But yeah, the build I suggested will utilize the newer AMD chips, the Piledriver chips which are more than enough and very solid ones. Plus with 6 cores, you can VR better and it's a pretty solid chip in performance.
Games very well at that resolution . And performs as well as the intel dual core at stock speed. A budget graphics card can be added to crossfire with the graphics built in to the processor , or an even more powerful card could be added later if wanted .
Look at the Rosewill micro ATX cases .
Sorry, I really should have put a budget in, but I'm still in negotiations with the wife. I suspect under $400 would probably be best.
Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally I'm hoping there will be some black friday/cyber monday deals
Budget Range: not firm yet, but say $400?
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing, video re-encoding, virtual machines
Parts Not Required: Probably just keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I have a hard drive I can use, but I think I'm going to try and pick up a cheap, small SSD next weekend if there are any sales. I don't think I have access to any sata dvd drives so I'll need to get a cheap one.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No strong preference. I've purchased from newegg before and like them. I have a Frys that's about 45 minutes away.
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Probably not at first, but would have no problems doing it if the hardware supports it.
At your budget, you shouldn't be looking at an SSD. You should be looking at main storage. And if your budget is truely that low, you really only have about a $330 since I've seen windows as low as that much.
Thank you all very much for the ideas. I hadn't really looked at the A10 very much, but it looks like that may not be too bad. The only thing that worries me is that it looks like there isn't really any way to upgrade, it's already the top of it's line. I usually keep my systems long enough that by the time I'm ready to upgrade the processor it's time to upgrade the motherboard as well, but it's still nice to know that there's an upgraded cpu available.
That's a good point about the video encoding. I suspect that I won't be too disappointed no matter which way I go since even the lowest end celeron is still going to be enormously faster than my current setup.
What is your current setup? Maybe you could upgrade the current setup?
Sorry to take so long to get back. Current system is in the original post. There isn't much possible to upgrade. I think some motherboard revisions of this Dell model can support pentium d's, but not the one I have. 2gb is already at max memory. Video card could be upgraded, but the power supply is weak and because it's a BTX case it has to be a single slot wide.
I did see this combo on newegg that looked pretty decent. It was $250 yesterday. A little more that I wanted to spend, but that's not too bad for an fx-8320, mobo, and memory right?