Hello everyone, I just wanted some feedback on a build i'm making for a friend of mine. He really emphasized having good graphics and he also wanted all the bells and whistles of the current PS3 (bluray drive, wifi, and a card reader). He's coming from console gaming and diving into PC gaming which is a huge jump for him. His maximum budget is $900, but this is really stretching it, The $700 range is obviously more desirable for his budget.
With that said, I was thinking about using an I5 (k series) paired with a 7850. Here is the breakdown I put together:
I5 3570k $215http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
ASUS P8B75-V LGA MOBO $90.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131835
Seagate 1tb HD $70.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
XFX DD HD7850 2gb $210.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609
Corsair 600w PSU $70.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
LG Bluray Drive $55.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136252
Rosewill Card Reader $15.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223103
Apevia Mid Tower ATX Case $50.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144259
Enermax Wireless Keyboard and Mouse $14.00http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823219009
The estimated cost for this rig is $910.00 USD. After rebates, it should be $850.00 Please note that additional SATA cables and additional case fans may be required; therefore, the price may slightly rise.
When I showed him this build and the specs, he was happy with it, but he just wanted to make sure it would keepup with future games for at least 3 years (running high and ultra). I've already told him that video cards will eventually be outdated and may not be able to play every new game at ultra settings.He just wants to make sure that whatever money he's putting into this system will be worthwhile, emphasizing "wanting to make sure I don't regret spending all this money when I could have just bought a PS4/XBOX 720."I've explained to him that he cannot save money and future proof at the same time.
I can try to cut corners to lower cost (switching the I5 to an I3) OR completely switching to an AMD CPU and MOBO combo. Any suggestions or completely new rigs will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the feedback!