I need everything besides OS. All on newegg. For gaming and general everyday use: Word, AIM, internet, music, etc.
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego core
GPU: eVGA Geforce 7800GT
Mobo: Asus A8N-E
HD: WD Caviar 160GB SATA
Case/PSU: Antec Sonata II w/ 450w Smartpower Antec PSU
RAM: 512MB x2 Corsair ValueSelect PC 3200
Optical Drive: NEC IDE DVD Burner
Monitor: Viewsonic 19' LCD VX924
Speakers: Logitech X-530 5.1
Sound Card: SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Value
Mouse: Logitech MX310
Keyboard: Logitech Ultra X
TOTAL: $1415(damn shipping)
I think it's pretty good, but since it's my first time building my on rig, I just wanted to m ake sure everythng is compatible with everything and that I'm getting the best bang for my buck. I realize I'm spending a good amount of money on my monitor and speakers, when I actually have an ol' CRT and some old 2.1 speakers I can use, but I think that having a good monitor/speakers raises the overall preformance of a game just as much as getting a 7800GTX would, for example. So give opinions or advice or whatever. Thanks.
This is a very similar setup to what I'm trying to order this week...Please post again to let us know how that rig turns out for you. I too have not built a rig in several years and am having to catch up on new technology fast so I can get my new PC built and up and running! I hope we're both happy with this setup...
maybe...but most likely they will increase. Look at the 3200+, it went from 152$ to 179$ (11/05-01/06). I believe price will increase because the M2's are coming out, so they wanna scrap off a few more bucks. Memory should come down tho....
I changed a couple of things: bigger HD, TV tuner. The price of my 7800GT is down 25 bucks and I decided to use my old sound card.
And I'm sticking with the MX310. I was looking at the RAZERs and the MX518, but I decided to get a TV tuner instead, adn since I was getting one, I had to upgrade the HD for all the shows I'm gonna record.
EDIT: And people like NEC because reviews on newegg are good and newegg gives you a free 15 dollar CD wallet with it
Yea, every junk $5 item is worth $15 when they're trying to push a $40 drive. If not G5/7, why not the 518? although im sure you wouldnt be disappointed by the mx310 [though i've never used it myself so i cant say]
Just a suggestion, upgrade the sound card, get a reasonably decent headset and skip the speakers til later.... I have a 400 watt 5.1 logitech set up, but use the headphones 90% of the time to 'keep the peace around the house' (if you know what I mean..... BF2 @ 1:00 in the morning makes for a grouchy wife...or insert: parents, roommates.. whatever.... )
Is the MX518 really worth it? It's a good 20 dollars more expensive than the MX310, and for that price I could get one of those razers, which are based for gaming but have a more conservative shape, which appeals to me.
As for the speakers, if these were around 70 bucks, I would probably go with a headset, but at 50 bucks, it seems so much like a steal, that I can't pass on it. Plus, I'll also be using my computer for music, TV, and DVDs, and speakers are more confortable when lying on my bed.
that's totally true. the way things are right now, with a bit [or alot] of ocing and patience, $1000 will build you a computer that's more than you'd need. its only those who play the most resource intensive games and the media/data applications that really need the higher echelon of rigs.