Having purchased Torchlight and looking ahead towards Mass Effect 2, I began contemplating building my PC once again.
The last time I thought this over, I was looking for a Micro ATX PC for the sake of downsizing, but now I want this PC to be small enough for the home theater set up. I want to turn this PC into a console if it needs to be; playing PC games with the Xbox 360 controller if I can. The Antec Mini P180 can still achieve this sitting beside the HDTV; that’s not a problem. The problem, as always, is the amount I wish to spend on a video card.
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 (~$114)
- Processor: Intel Core i5 750 2.66 GHz (~$220)
- Video Card: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (~$320)
- Case: Antec Mini P180 in White (~$90)
- PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W (~$90)
- Memory: 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 (~$100)
- Hard Drive: 500GB – 1TB SATA HDD (~$60 – $100)
- Optical Drive: Most likely none
The Radeon HD 5850 costs approximately $320. That’s more than a console and while the video card can mop the floor with this generation’s console, from a purely entertainment standpoint, I cannot justify that price. I do have a solution to this problem though. I either wait for price drops or I settle for a AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5770 which I can get for about $175.
What is it that I wish to play though? Mass Effect 2? It’s coming to the Xbox 360 as well and by the time I’m finished with that there’s a whole lot of other games coming out to consoles. Was this all for nothing then? Nah. If I keep going through this exercise enough times, I’ll eventually find enough reasons to pull the trigger. But for now, I will go play Torchlight. If only more games ran on older hardware like this game.