Hey guys, I am trying to build myself a new gaming rig for roughly $1000. I've already got most of it figured out as far as what I want, but one thing I'm having trouble deciding on is the processor. I am fairly tech savvy but I'm not a computer whiz or anything. I do not plan on overclocking at all because I have no idea how and I wouldn't really feel comfortable doing so.
So, my question is what processor should I pick? I want a solid one that is going to multitask well (i.e. run the game and fraps), last awhile, and handle pretty much any game I can throw at it. I had my eye on the i5-3470.
Could you list the parts you have "figured" out? we really don't know what your budget is for your cpu without knowing what parts you already have/ plan to buy. I think Iceclock is asking amd or nvidis because he is going to put together a $1000 build for you (1000 build intel is pretty much a given for gaming )...
so that leaves you about $390 for cpu + mobo... I would get the i5 + ~$120 mobo and then put the another $50 into your graphics card and get either a GTX 660 or 7870. don't have time to look up all prices or give you a link to the motherboard but i'm sure Iceclock is going to post something for you close to what i suggest.
Edit: Iceclocks post was not up when i posted! heh, Ice you should just put the i5 3570k into the build if you are getting a z77 board anyway. And wow thats a good price for a 660 ti.
Thanks for posting that build Ice, I will give that some thought. So you think that build will last me awhile and handle mostly any game? As well as being capable of running multiple applications simultaneously? I'm going to try and see if there's anywhere else I can save some more money to maybe fit a 7950 in.
And derza he posted the proc he did because I will not be overclocking. I'm looking for a really solid proc that will last me awhile without having to rely on overclocking.
I understand that... But getting the K version can buy you an extra year or so on an upgrade. Overclocking these CPUs is as easy as going into the bios and changing the multiplier to 42-44 rather than the stock 34. An overclock to 4.2-4.4 should not require any voltage or anything other changes, its really simple and safe to do(although you would need to spend any ~$30ish on a cpu cooler). Might be something you want to think about. You might not want to overclock now but maybe in 2 years when you feel your cpu is holding you back at least you would have the option.