Originally Posted by mdocod
Originally it was up to $350. It has since been edited down to $300 at the maximum. $130 probably would have been enough with some clever purchasing on the PSU.
With this new budget limit in mind, the question comes down to whether or not this machine will be overclocked or not. Looks like there is an aftermarket cooler in the mix already so we can assume it will be...
With that in mind, the best gaming performance I can come up with for the CPU/MOBO would be the following combo:
*I like this mobo option for this setup because a rifle cooler is being implemented. This mobo has a heat-sink on the VRM mosfets. Make sure the fan of the rifle cooler is pointed at the heat-sink on the mosfets.
Here's a nice PSU:
10% off promo going right now.
Yeah, I informed my friend that if he's dropping that much cash, he might as well go for an i5 sandy bridge build. Now it comes down to whether he wants to skimp out and go on a budget build or drop down serious cash for the i5.
NOTE: There will definitely be some overclocking!
Option 1 would be the budget build with a 955 (the 965 just isn't worth the extra $20 especially since they OC to similar values) and probably the Biostar 870. I'm not a fan of MSI since there's been multiple reports of heating issues when OCing. Only downside to the Biostar board is that it doesn't have USB 3.0 like the ASUS does.
Option 2 would be to go all out with an i5 and drop ~$120 more in comparison to a 955/Biostar 870.
Between the two PSU (Hec MX-750w vs. Antec EA-650w) which would you guys go with? Prices are relatively similar with the Antec being $15 more.
Again, thank you all for your suggestions, +rep.
EDIT: Forgot to mention, budget was changed due to friend leaning closer to $300 being his preferred budget. Sorry for any confusions this may have caused.Edited by int3nsee - 3/15/11 at 6:20am