The title says it all. I am building my first gaming PC and want to know what is a good gaming configuration for under 900$? I want to play modern games on max including BF3. Please help me with this. Thanks.
Mobo: AM3 board, doesn't have to be too fancy, a good cheap one goes for 50€, you can also go up to 100€
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955, it cost me around 130€ back then, like half a year ago
GFX card: ATI Radeon HD 6870, it cost me around 150€, the XFX one, that is
CD Rom Drive: doesn't have to be too fancy, my Blu-Ray Samsung drive cost me 60€ back then
HDD: can be something like 500GB or 1000GB, a 500GB normally costs 90-100€
Soundcard: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium, cost me around 50€
PC case: I definately recommend the Sharkoon T9 value case, it costs 55€ and it comes in white, black, red and green. It has got 3 fans built in already, 2x 120mm fans and 1x 80mm fan
Monitor: 22 inch is quite alright, mine cost me 120€
Power Supply: a 500W will do its job alright, I'm using a 500W Power Supply by Power Color which cost me 50€, but there is a Creative Fatal1ty one with 550W for 60-65€, but I don't know it it's really necessary.
Optional: Cooler Master Hyper 212+, it is a quiet and good CPU cooler to replace the cooler that comes with your AMD Phenom II X4 955
I hope I didn't forget anything. But that setup will surely run Skyrim, BF3, MW3 and all that stuff on high graphics. And if you like NVidia and/or Intel more, then stick with an Intel Core i5 and/or a GTX 460, don't worry about the Hyper 212+, it fits on Intel AND AMD boards.