A friend asked me to put together a gaming rig that can run 3 - 24 inch monitors. He will be gaming on 1 monitor. My mistake I didn't ask what games he plays so may need to change the GPU etc. I don't game so can only read about, not see, the difference in better GPU's.
The $1000 budget is for everything except the monitors.
He can spend more but I'm not sure he needs to.
No overclocking, no SLI. No Micro Center, all will be ordered online in US. I'll use partpicker for final pricing.
Case - SilverStone PS08B $45 - has USB 3 on front panel, fits a 11.5 " card ( the 660 is about 9.75 ) decent airflow
MB - ASRock H77 Pro4-M $98 - No SLI
PSU SeaSonic Gold Series 550W $95 - Solid performer, has 2 x 6+2 GPU leads
CPU - Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz $200 - No overclock
GPU ASUS GTX 660 $240 - ???????? Here is where I need the most help ?????????
SSD Samsung 840 250Gb $180 - or a 128G SSD + 1T HDD = same price
RAM 8GB 1.5v $40
DVD burner $17
CPU cooler $35 prob a 212
Displayport to DVI adapter for the 3rd monitor $27
Windows 7 or 8 $100
Total = 977
That's priced from one site. I can reduce that some with pcpartpicker.
Does this build look like a decent balance for his needs ??
Should I bump the GPU up $100 to a 660 ti or a 670 .....or the Radeon equivalent ??
If anyone cares to comment on this I'd appreciate it. I feel a bit lost on the gaming aspect.
go with the 128gb SSD and the 1T hd (with the os on the SSD, you will thank me for the extra space later)
I would go with a Sapphire HD7870 in place of the 660 overall a lot better GPU it is the price of a 660 with a 670's performance