Originally Posted by yuppie
how good of a computer can I build with this budget? should I take the AMD or Intel route? and, would it be necessary to spend this kind of money on a computer if I barely even play demanding games? I mostly play counter strike source, but I want the head room to play games years from now without worrying about my hardware.
You could a pretty powerful rig, future proof at that. And I would go intel mostly for current price: performance ratio.
If your're playing games like CSS currently, I would go for second hand parts in the FS section. There's a ton of 1st gen i5 quads that would do you just fine with the intent to upgrade gpus later on. You'd probably be spending around 600-800 for a solid rig.Edited by 7ranslucen7 - 5/6/11 at 4:13pm