This is my first post here on TH and it's a pleasure to meet you all. I have been running any extremely dated AGP-built gaming PC that I pieced together some five-to-six years ago. I am looking to drop $500-600 for essential parts to put together an up-to-date gaming rig. Any help would be fantastic! I've had one hell of a time trying to make up my mind on what I want.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within the next week or two
Budget Range: 500-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, multi-tab browsing.
Are you buying a monitor: I have two ACER X223w's.
Parts to Upgrade: I have a Thermaltake Aguila case which I think I could reuse? I also have a 600w Antec PSU that runs fine.
Do you need to buy OS: Nope. I have a fresh copy of Win7Pro waiting to be installed.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Location : Las Vegas, NV
Parts Preferences: I would like to build around an i5-3570k but I'm up to any suggestions!
Overclocking: More than likely? Future.
SLI or Crossfire: Not anytime soon.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I am really looking for the greatest bang for my buck. I would like to have something easily upgradeable. I normally have $$$ over time and not all in bulk. I want something that I can continue to improve on as I go.
cutebeans has a good AMD build. What is your current HDD? Is it IDE or SATA? If you can still use it for your new build, you might be able to skip getting a new HDD and fit an i5 based system within the low end of your budget. You could probably do a nice i5 for $700 quite easily too. I will leave the configuration of a good i5 to someone more knowledgeable about parts though.