First time PC builder here and would love some advice on my build. I have been doing some homework reading the forums here and other sites for the last 2 months and I think my build is pretty well thought out. My budget is about $700 and the PC will be mostly for gaming for my children and I. My children play Minecraft but I love FPS and MMO's and would like to play them at a high setting without any slowdowns and lag. My budget is not concrete but for me to go over $700 I would need to get the most bang for my buck.
Here's my build:
NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower - $49.99
SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5- $179.99
You can downgrade your CPU to an i3 and get a AMD Radeon HD 7870 XT. Games are more dependent on GPU power anyways. The i3 should not be a major bottleneck to the 7870 XT and you should be able to get better FPS with the card that I stated. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thanks for the help. I'll switch up to the source 220 which is the same price point as pointed out. I will also change the video card to a 2 gb version which is only about $20 more then the video card I had chosen. I think I'm going to stick with the I5 as the processor due to the reviews I have read but I do appreciate the advice.
I think its a mistake to use dual core processors in computers you will use in online gaming .
While dual core chips work fine on clean machines without a network connection that the typical reviewer will be using they start to show their limits when you have a network , AV , firewall etc etc all wanting cpu time .
The build is good .
A cheaper alternative is to use an AMD FX 6300 processor and Asrock 970 extreme 3 . That will game nearly as well as the i5 [ usually a frame or two less per second at 1080p resolution ] but it frees up enough money to fit a 7870 into the same budget