I prefer AMD over Intel.
Monitor must be included.
Operating system must be included: Windows 7.
Must be able to run pretty much any game on highest settings. Especially Starcraft 2 on Extreme in a heavy 4v4.
Thank you for your help.
06/20/2011 11:47 PMPosted by FREEStalkers^Above list is good, but I would recommend maybe a slightly higher capacity power supply (that's the one I have btw :D). And about the top-mounted power supply, it shouldn't be a problem if it's bottom mounted, perhaps better... explain WHY it should be top mounted? The case... yeah I'm pretty sure it's just there to tell you that you need one. Get a full tower with good airflow (HAF X) if you're gonna have those high-end components... Anyways I haven't been shopping for parts in a while so... maybe there's some new stuff. Good job to the guy above ^_^
06/21/2011 05:21 PMPosted by FishmanFantastic, thank you very much for the help! This is similar to the system that I picked out. If anyone else wants to throw in their two cents, feel free. Will the Case be fine for this system? Good ventilation, etc.? The last thing I want is a burn out. Also, are you positive that all the pieces will fit together? I'm not the most techy guy out there.
06/21/2011 12:02 AMPosted by MorgI always recommend getting a top mounted power supply because heat rises and if its bottom mounted then its rising into the case and in with the rest. With the other parts all creating their own heat, I prefer not to add any extra if I can. Its just one of those things that has worked best for me over the years.
I realize you prefer AMD to intel, but I think you should be aware that Intel's sandy bridge chips vastly outperform any of AMD's offering in the gaming realm, especially in starcraft II.
I'm not sure why you would form a preference for processors though, its not like GPU's where you have to worry about driver support. Just pop it in and you are done. No reason to pick favorites, which is why it is absolutely 100% worth it to get the 2500k or 2600k from intel with your budget. Much much better performance than that hexacore for only about 40 dollars more with the 2500k, and 140 with the 2600k.
If you are just deadset on getting AMD, don't bother getting a phenom II. they will soon be last gen, with the bulldozer line of AMD CPU's coming out later in the summer. The phenom II line simply is not a good choice with a high budget with the bulldozer coming out, the sandy bridge already out. If you were constrained to like 700 dollars maybe, then yeah grab a phenom II.
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