63 months ago
I'm a total noob to building; I've always purchased pre-built, and I'd like to get a little more bang for my buck. I've read a guide or two and used the compatibility tab of the site here to put together this rig. I chose the i3 as it fits my budget, and I think it allows for easier upgradability in the future than an AMD chip. My main concern is the mobo, as I basically chose it by compatibility, rating, and number of reviews (and budget, of course).
I'm mainly looking to enhance my Skyrim experience, at the moment. Other than that, I basically use my PC for basic web browsing and some video streaming. I'm currently playing Skyrim on an i3-2130 with onboard graphics and 8GB RAM, so this will obviously be an improvement, but if you can get me better performance for this price, I'd appreciate it.
I'm also considering swapping out Windows 7 for 8.1. I would definitely like to hear your thoughts on that, although I've already read a little discussion on the matter. I would definitely be adding the classic shell to Windows 8, if I go that route.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor||$89.99 @ Amazon|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard||$81.97 @ OutletPC|
|Memory||G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$57.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$48.77 @ OutletPC|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card||$139.99 @ Newegg|
|Case||Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case||$39.99 @ Newegg|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply||$49.99 @ NCIX US|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$88.98 @ OutletPC|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available||$597.67|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-23 18:13 EST-0500|
Thanks so much for any help!