I would like to build myself a decent mid-range PC mainly intended for gaming. I haven't built my own system since about 2003 so I'm a little out of the loop as far as quality parts and whatnot. I'm only going to be using this system for gaming and regular activites like surfing the web or word processing. The games I play are not too terribly intense as far as graphics go. I mainly play games like WoW, SWTOR, Diablo 3, SC2, Torchlight 2. However I would like the system to be competivite if I should decide to buy a more graphically intense game. I would ideally like to run all the games I listed at high or ultra with good FPS if possible. As far as budget goes I would like to hover around $800 but if it goes higher thats fine. I would prefer to use an Intel i5, but if AMD would be a better fit or more cost effective choice given the games/activites I'll be using the system for I'm all ears.
Thank you for your time and I appreciate any and all responses.
I got some really good news today, however that now means that I have a little less money to spending building the new rig. As it stands right now I'm going to be able to spend about $650 tops. Should I continue to try and build around an i5, or should I look at an i3-3220 or AMD CPU?
hmm, i5 might be pushing it with that budget. Maybe you could get an i3, and upgrade in the future (your mobo will be compatible with an i5 as well)? That, or get an fx 6300 - about equivalent to the the i3 in price and performance (slightly weaker per core, but it has 2 extra threads over the i3), and will probably be upgradable to steamroller when it comes out. HYou can also overclock the 6300, whereas you cant overclock an i3.