Hello everybody! I will be greatful if you guys can comments on my first budget gameing PC. The objective for this bulid is to creat a value for money pc for general use like watching movies, minor photo editing and to play upcoming new games in resolution 1280x1024 with 2 or 4x AA+AF. I intend to keep this system for at least 12-16 months until the new Intel Nehalem is out. When the Intel Nehalem is out I will probably replace the motherboard, cpu, ram, graphic card and keep the case, power supply and the rest. I am from UK so can't buy things from neweggs The website listed are from Uk, but I have listed the price in $ as well
PC POWER&COOLING 750W SILENCER - $186 (£95) http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4RVJ
Some say this is overkill for my system, but i was thinking I want to keep my power supply for my next bulid in 12-16 months time when i will be going SLI/Crossfire.
you wont need a soundcard if that mobo has 5.1 onboard capability. I ahve a soundcard and I can't hear a difference from good onboard.
Highly recommend getting a modular power supply. You will never go back. Only use the cables you need so the case is less cramped and mroe air can move through. Also, a Corsair 620Watts PSU is more than enough for SLI and crossfire. Up to you though.
If you're upgrading ram with nehalem (probably to DDR3) just get 2 sticks of crucial ballistic DDR2-800 2x1gb. You won't take full advantage of 4gb, especially since you're replacing it after a year.
I have that same motherboard, and I wanted a sound card too, but the Realtech audio actually isn't all that bad, so I would only recomend a sound card if you are recording music. Great choice of speakers though. If you want to game, I would go with a wired keyboard and mouse. Oh and my motherboard always reckognized my USB keyboard, so no worry there.