Been using my pre-built crappy Acer Desktop for the last few years so I feel it's time to build myself a new computer. My main purposes are watching HD movies and shows as well as just general internet surfing. I also want the ability to do some light gaming (perhaps some older steam games like L4D) but the majority of my gaming will be done on my PS3.
I originally wanted an ivy bridge i5 with dedicated graphics card but my friend recommended I get an AMD APU as I am working with a relatively low budget (around $600) and he says the newer AMD APUs is more than enough for my purpose. High storage space is a must as I am a media hoarder
Looking forward to hearing some feedback/suggestion. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: - no real rush...preferably by the end of the Jan
Budget Range - approx. $600
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1) Media - HD Movies + Shows
3) Light Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: - everything except just picked up a 120 GB Samsung 840 series SSD yday
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Location: Mississauga, ON, CAN
Parts Preferences: I was hoping for an Ivy Bridge i5 with a dedicated GPU (friend recommended an older model of NVIDIA TI cards)...not sure how realistic it is considering my budget
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: - looking for a relatively "Futureproof" PC that I can continually upgrade and build on. Just picked up a Samsung 840 Series 120 GB SSD but will definitely need at least 1TB of additional storage
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: - current computer is crappy
I'm not sure I'd get a 3TB drive yet; I remember when the 2TB drives first came out how unreliable they were said to be. That said, I've been running a pair of 2TB Seagate LP drives in a RAID1 for over a year with no issues.
If it were me, I think I'd start with a 1TB drive, with plans to add more drive space when needed. Then I'd try to fit a HD7770 into the build. I think as you play games on the PC and see how much better the resolution and graphics are, you'll want to play there more. Your screen resolution isn't too demanding, so the HD7770 should let you play on high settings on most games. The IGP in the AMD APU is about on par with a DDR3 version of the HD6670, which might be a little weak. At the very least, get a HD7750, although there's probably only $20 difference between that and the HD7770. A Pentium 860 with either of those will outperform the APU in games. Use a relatively inexpensive B75 or H77 mobo with all solid capacitors. My preference would be for Asus > ASRock >= Gigabyte >> anyone else.
This build comes in at $100 under budget, and uses a dual core Ivy Bridge processor. It will be more than enough for your needs, but if you really wish to extend it more, the i5-3570k is $80 more, and you will basically only need to upgrade the video card if you wish to do some gaming such as BF3 with max settings.
There are better options than the GT640, usually. But it's on sale for $34 right now, outstanding deal I would say, and it is more than capable of playing older games on maximum settings for 60+fps, and modern games on medium/high aswell.
You guys are awesome. thanks for the help! actually i just checked my screen resolution and it's actually 1920 x 1080. hope that doesn't change anything. I have a copy of Win 7 so I think I'm gonna install that and pay $20 bucks to ungrade to Win 8. Should save a ton on the OS