Finally Building my Gamer!
Finally have enough cash to buy a decent system. I plan on playing games like CoD : Black Ops, and anything else that comes out in the next 2-4 years. I'd like to at least play Black ops on Medium, preferably HIGH quality so that it serves as a reference point for later on, assuming if I could play that on high, I can play newer games on medium and low towards the end.
So far I have two options. Both Simple - One Cheap, and One Expensive.
I will post the NewEgg lists here. If you would rather I post the hardware name instead just ask.
Right now I am at the point where this thing IS NOT going to cost me more than 400. I don't have that much to spend on it without allowing some money for other stuff. I'd really like it to stay around $340. Now, my expensive list is over my budget, however...I figured you guys could mix the two lists together to make the ultimate system for about $340. I already have a 585 Watt Orion PSU. I haven't though much about a case yet either. I have a couple here, but then again...I want this thing to be nice...BUT I want it to be as quiet as possible, and maybe I have a case for it already then.
One of the biggest factors I am facing is the CPU. I can get a nice Athlon II cpu for about half of the Phenom II. However, they have no L3 cache. I really think that would be a stupid choice if I were wanting to play games in the future...what do you guys suggest? I am willing to drop a core on the quad if it will not effect me. I'm also willing to drop 1 to 200 GHz off of the CPU, assuming with multiple cores, the 3.2 would not be neccesary. (however, I am still figuring that there is plenty of single core software that the extra GHz would be needed)
2011 Cheap Build :http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12997451
2011 Expensive Build :http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12997771