My old Athlon 3500+/Radeon X850 system not only won't run much any more, but it's starting to crash in all sorts of fun ways, so I think it's about time for a new PC. I've never done my own build before, but I'm relatively confident that I could pull it off. Having run through the usual suspects' configurators for PCs, I'm finding that my own build will be WAY more affordable. Here's what I've been thinking thus far, having done a bunch of reading on the forum:
I've heard some scary things about built-in PSUs, so I'm not so sure about this move, but it does save me a significant amount of money because of the combo deal with the RAM. Is this a terrible idea, and if so what are some solid case/PSU options that'll keep me cool and well-powered without upping the price too heavily?
Heard some very good things about this board. Open box is a little iffy, but the price is right. I'm looking to do some light overclocking, but preferably without messing with voltages. Always open to other similarly-priced options.
All told, this puts me at $757.86 plus about $15 in shipping, which is right where I'd like to be. I really can't afford to step up more than, say, $50 overall price-wise, but I'd love to hear suggestions for what sorts of catatrophes I might avoid by switching to better parts or parts that will play more nicely together. I have access to WinXP and Vista in all flavors for free through my University, and will be reusing all of my peripherals. At the moment I'm running a 19" 1280x1024 monitor, so no need to push huge resolutions, though I'd like to upgrade in the direction of a 1680 widescreen in the next year or so. Thanks in advance!