Hi all, I'm new to the forums, but this seems like the #1 place for advice on new computers. I'm trying to build a low budget system with OC potential, will last a good 2 years for me (minimum), and maybe even treat myself to a nice big screen for a TV. This is what I was thinking:
PSU: Hiper 580Watt/Sunbeam 550 Watt
CPU: Core2Duo e6300
Motherboard: MSI P965Platinum/Gigabyte DS3
Memory: Unsure still; thinking of CorsairXM2, OCZ, or Patriot (2x1GB sticks, DDR667 or better)
Sound Card: X-Fi XtremeMusic (currently owned)
DVD Burner: Pinoeer 16x DVD+/- R
Hard Drive: None/Seagate 320GB/Seagate 500GB
Keyboard: Currently Owned/Logitech G15 Keyboard
Mouse: Currently Owned/MX518/G5/G7
Video Card: XFX 7900GS or an Ati Equivalent (need help on this one, as I want to upgrade to the 8600 Ultra when it's released). Need a video card powerful enough to run dual monitors, or run WoW, CoD2, and BF2142 at high settings.
Monitor: Currently Owned Dell 1907FP
I'm trying to keep this build less than $1200, with shipping and handling. I gave a number of choices with each, but I'm still very unsure what I should get.
Also, I'm getting the urge for a nice widescreen LCD HDTV which I could maybe use on my computer as well, or soley on. I'm thinking something larger than 20.1", maybe 23 or 27" since all I can really afford to spend on one would be $400, $500, depending on how expensive the computer build is. So if it costs $1200, I got prolly $450 for the TV. $1100 => $550. Any suggestions and help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I already have one 320GB HDD in my computer, and can at best afford only one more. I'm trying to be very price conscious. THe multiple options for each component are what I'm possibly looking at, but hoping you could suggest one way or another.
Alright, here's an update. I've gone ahead and priced everything, and I think this will work greatly until I decide to do another upgrade (maybe go for the 8600 Ultra). I want to OC the E6300 up to 6400 speeds, or better (and everyone keeps raving how with stock cooling you can get up to 3GHz so I'm tempted to try with some help from a friend) Just wondering, am I missing anything else to finish this build, and should I get a second burner (just for the hell of it). BTW, I already have a 320GB like the one I selected below. Feel free to critique the build.
Thermaltake Matrix VX VD3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $85.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive- OEM $89.99
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model LH-20A1P-185 - OEM $32.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99
That leaves me about $600-$450 for a nice, big LCD HDTV. I'm thinking between 26"-32". I'm having a hell of a time finidng a good buy with good reviews on them (all the great name-brand TVs are priced +$600). Any help finding one would be appreciated.
I have no clue on Monitors, any way you can buy local and save shipping? I always try to get monitor, case and PSU local but I am fortunate to have those choices.
Rest of the system looks strong. I was going to say, if you want to O/C get some 800 RAm and picked some good stuff, I think I got that also
Alright. This isn't good. Newegg is out of stock on the LCD HDTV I selected before I can buy it, so now I'm in a stuck position.
I can get a LCD HDTV and afford up to $600 (cheaper is better), or I can go get a new monitor and get a TV-tuner card with it. Only problem is, I wanna hook up my consoles to the TV as well, so the Monitor/Tuner solution won't work. I would like a 23" tv, or higher, but no greater than 32" (since I don't have room for anything larger than that). Shoudn't be a problem because of the budget.
I could really use some recommendations on a TV, since I was really set on getting a new TV. Oh yeah, newegg ran out of stock of the RAM I picked. Here's a reminder of what it was:
Alright. I decided to not get an HDTV (because when my father found out, he threatened to disown me for getting an HDTV before he did). So I decided on several changes and this is the purchase order I just sent in to Newegg:
1 CASE APE(ASP)|MX-PLEASURE-BK 500W R - Retail $119.99
1 MOUSE LOGITECH|MX 518 USB RETAIL - Retail $39.99
1 DVD_BURN LITE-ON|LH-20A1P-185 BK % - OEM $32.99
1 CPU THERMPASTE|ARCTIC SILVER5 3.5G% - OEM $5.99
1 CPU FAN | ZALMAN CNPS 9500 LED - Retail $43.99
UPS 3 Days $39.85
Order Total $1,234.24
The plan with the PSU is that I'm going to switch my current PSU (Apevia 530watt) with the one included. Since I needed to keep the cost down, it helped to do this method as it would save me nearly $50 overall (New PSU with enough power for video card vs Current 530watt PSU + GPU PSU)