System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hardcore gaming, and the basic computer usage.
Are you buying a monitor: No.
Parts to Upgrade: Everything, building from scratch.
Do you need to buy OS: No.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Tigerdirect.com
Location: Miami, Florida, United States.
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia. However if AMD can deliver same results for less I wouldn't mind.
Overclocking: Later, I still want the possibility of doing so later down the road.
SLI or Crossfire: Later, Focusing on just getting one good graphic card, instead of two bad graphic cards.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: It has been my dream to always play games maxed out. I never play high end games because never had a good computer to run those games. But now I'm 18 and starting to work soon so I can afford building one, that is why the budget is limited.
I would feel bad if I just come her and just ask for help without doing some deep research myself. So I put two builds together, one going for Intel and the other one going for AMD.
Is this worth the money? Should I replace it for an i3 2100? Would the i3 have a huge impact CPU-Intensive games like Battlefield 3 MP or Starcraft II?
CPU: ($90) AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black
GPU: ($390) MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB
PSU: ($30) Antec Neo Eco 620W
RAM: ($50) G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Mobo: ($90) ASRock 970 Extreme3
Is this worth it? Would the Phenom slow down the computer? Would it stop me from maxing out in games? I also want some kinda of future proof and something that will last me more than 2 years tops. Will this build give me that?
Sorry for all the questions. You guys are amazing at helping others in need of help. I read so many forums posts and I received an extraordinary amount of knowledge concerning computer hardware. Thank you all for your time.
If you want to play all games maxed out, an i3 is NOT going to cut it. You can get a base model i5 for $170, which is only $50 more than the i3. Yes, the CPU DOES have a huge impact on games like BF3 and SC2.
The problem with the Phenom is that your buying a four year old processor. Intel is ahead in the race right now, so, even if you have to wait a bit for Haswell to knock down ivy bridge prices a bit, go for intel.
Everything else looks good. If you go for an i5 don’t forget a 212 EVO CPU fan by coolermaster.