Hey guys. I am brand new to the idea of building. I've read a few things on here and watched a few youtube videos, however, some of it just gets confusing.
Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: $800-$900 (can go as high as $1K if it is REALLY worth it)
System Usage: I don't play any games consistently, gaming: GuildWars2, Second Life, misc other games at various times, other than, I mess around on the net and watch movies/tv shows (typically not streaming), and I do hook up to our tv, currently through HDMI, and CAN connect to our router via cord, but would love a decent wireless option if budget-friendly
Have: I have a monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse, and I only use my wireless headset so I shouldn't need speakers.
Preferred Website: Not partial to any
Overclocking: Maybe (would need to learn more, but willing to do so)
Current Monitor Resolution: 1360x768
I would just like a system that should keep me comfortable for a few years, I know overtime it'll become outdated, but as I'm not a hardcore gamer, I am not horribly threatened by middle of the road settings (as it is, I've lowered pretty much everything to lowest settings and I still lag lol)
Also, I reside in NE Indiana, US, so I'm not aware of any budget computer part stores.
Ncix offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart, i had to put the custom links, pcpartpicker is currently bugged.
If you have a microcenter store nearby get the i5 and motherboard there, the i5 is 190$ and a motherboard like the asus z77 LK is 60$.
Since your resolution is that low a 7850 will maxout most of the games at that resolution.
I will disagree with the above build - I don't think a system for what you need it to do will warrant overclocking. For mild gaming possibly but for streaming content no, you don't need a super powerful system to do that.
Okay, so I had already had an i5 in mind because from the little research I've done, that seems to be a fairly popular choice, so I am leaning toward the first build. I might upgrade the monitor within the next month or two so that makes sense to go with something that will carry over for that. Trying to understand one thing though, I'm sure it's there, but which component will connect to our router? And does it allow for wireless if I should choose that route?
Just had another question pop up, since the motherboard looks like it has 4 slots for memory, would it be smart to go ahead and get 4 sticks to make it 16gb or is that overkill based on the rest of the system?