Approximate Purchase Date: this week (Boxing Week!)
Budget Range: $500-$600
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Location: Montreal, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
First of all, I have been always a console gamer but I decided it's time to make the move especially since my current laptop hardly runs anything modern :x
I don't consider myself a hardcore gamer and I buy games sparsely so hence I am going for a budget (yet capable) build. I play games like Skyrim, Borderlands, Deus Ex, and other FPS games.
So with that in mind, my requirements are not high and I would rather start moderate. I don't mind running games on medium settings at full HD and I am very ok running at 720p for high settings. 30 fps is just fine by me. Please keep in mind that I will be moving out of Canada in a few months and where I am headed, the PC market is not as varied and prices are astronomical so I want to build something that will hang on for 2-3 years. My preference for Intel is solely because they are much more accessible should I want to replace/upgrade the CPU.
I did some research and I have adjusted Tom's Q4 budget build but would like to hear your suggestions. BTW, I did look at all the stickies of BestConfigs but most of the builds are $1000 for budget.
Would this build fulfill my requirements and endure? Is it balanced? Also, are the RAM voltages ok with the mobo/CPU? I remember reading somewhere that Intel has some voltage restrictions but now I don't remember what exactly and I am new to building PCs (my first).
I used the Radeon HD 7850 but using an Nvidia GPU is fine if it meant better bang for the bucks. I am also willing to dish extra money ($100 max) if it meant significantly better parts/system (overly optimistic?). I understand some might suggest the i3-3220 and I could go for that but still I'd like to hear your opinions on the overall system. Also, is there a better shopping time than Boxing week (from now until May 2013) that I should wait for (price-wise or parts-wise)?
Finally, I would love to have a microATX slim build but I couldn't reach a good build without compromise (non-standard PSU, not enough watt, etc.). I specifically liked the Rosewill R379-M (www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147098...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Rosewill-_-11147098&AID=10592396&PID=3938566). Can I reach my goal with a MicroATX slim case?