So in a couple of days I'm going to be ordering parts for a friend who wants new PC for Christmas and I offered him I would help him out. He doesn't want to go over the budget of $800 US dollars.
I used that as a guide to look for the best build I could find for the price, he doesn't want anything too crazy and hardcore, just a PC that will be able to max out most games out there today at a pretty decent FPS.
Im trying to keep the price to as close to $700 as possible. So he'd have some extra cash for a monitor.
Heres the specs so far:
Geforce GTX 460
EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB
Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W
From what I've seen these components will be compatible with each other, but theres always the possibility they might not, I'm looking for the least bottlenecking in this system as possible for enjoyable gameplay.
Any input or better recommendations for this built will be appreciated. :D
i think you could get an i5 760 for about the same price, ohh and don't forget about the power supply.
if he doesn't get a monitor over 22" he will surely be able to max the games that have come out so far, otherwise i think he might not.
I cant believe i oversaw the i5 760 ill make that change. Thank You! and I'm thinking he'll end up getting a fairly small monitor around 19" with a max resolution of 1280x1024 nothing too fancy. I've also went ahead and added the power supply to the list above.
I would opt for the 6870 instead since your board supports CF.
Also, I would invest in a higher end PSU, possibly from Corsair, Antec, Cooler Master, etc.
This is also a very nice combo for the price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548025
He can upgrade incrementally from there.
There's also this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548077
Hey guys thanks for all your input!
Ive looked more in dept into the pieces and this is what im currently deciding on:
This seems to be a more reliable and familiar power supply.
Same as before, we can all agree this is probably the best i5 out there.
MSI H55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX Intel
Now i dont really know if I should make this change and how much of a difference it will make to have a h55 northbridge chip instead of a p55, and the difference is around 30ish dollars. Id like to know you guy's thoughts on that.
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G
made this change for two reasons.
#1 being its slightly cheaper and its a good reliable brand.
#2 the speeds are set to 9-9-9-24 instead of the other set which was set at 8-8-8-21, i was slightly worried the motherboard wouldnt not pick up on the speeds since 9-9-9-24 seems to be the most common setting.
Feel free to share your opinions and alterations :)
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