Budget Range: $500-700 Before / After Shipping. Could push to $850 if performance would justify.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Skyrim + MMORPGs
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, CPU ,GPU, RAM, OS,
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Kansas, Ft Riley. Microcenter ~$60 fuel cost and 5hr drive time round trip.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Most bang for the dollar.
SLI or Crossfire: No
I am looking to build a cost efficient gaming system that will last approx 3 years. I would prefer a single GPU solution and it will drive a single monitor at a max resolution of 1680 x 1050. I have sought advice on another forum (they were very helpful) and I have come up with a build I would like some people to check for flaws.
No overclocking and I would like to reuse my PWR Supply, HDD, and monitor which I linked above. Only concenrs I have are that the power supply is ~5 YEARS old but have never given me any trouble. Also a dumb question, If I have windows vista on the HDD with the new OS update it or do I need to wipe the HDD clean?
The MSI motherboard is an update of the 970A-G45 which had overheating issues in the voltage regulating modules . A few caught fire
The G46 supposedly addressed these issues with larger heat sinks and circuitry to protect from overheating , but if you read the Newegg user reviews some have also experienced problems of that type
Thank you for the advice. I am now researching the 990 series boards. They are more costly but seems to be compatible with the FX-8350. If I change MB's it opens up OC'ing, which I did not want to temp myself with.