- 54 months ago
I'm looking to build my own computer for the first time, hoping to buy up some good cyber Monday deals and I could use some help getting a starting list together so I can shop for deals on Monday..
TLDR version: I live in the US not near a Microcenter, need an OS (Windows), and will be using this for gaming and general home use.
Right now I'm playing less demanding games on an old laptop like Diablo 3, LoL, etc but once I get the new one built I'd like to be able to play most modern titles, the first of which I'll be picking up will probably be Fallout 4.
I've done quite a bit of reading and lurking on these forums and have made a few of my own part lists I might share after some suggestions here but I'm still confused on a few things. First, I've kinda been focusing on the combo of an i5 6500 and r9 380 since it seems like a decent value that will last me a long time - is this a good choice? too expensive for this budget? I have no idea on motherboard but heard if I go with the new skylake route like that I should get DDR4 ram which will limit my motherboard choices? Also, I have no idea how to pick out a good power supply.
I'm willing to spend a bit extra for quality parts, like a good case (I really like the fractal design define r4, for example), power supply, motherboard etc. and I'll hopefully be finding good deals on Monday so you could stretch a bit over 650 if needed. I'm trying to find a sweet spot on components that will last me for a long time with a good upgrade path while not paying a lot for relatively minor performance boosts, rather than trying to follow a super strict budget.
I also need a monitor and keyboard which are not part of this budget, but feel free to make suggestions there. Combo I'd like to keep those two parts around $150-175.