Hi! first post here...
I'm looking into building a budget gaming system, as a learning project/first build. Mainly looking for performance in games, and not much else, and am very interested in overclocking. My budget is around $650, here's what I'm thinking so far:
I just started interning as a computer tech (I am only in high school, and also broke lol), so I can ask questions about building and overclocking there, but anyone have any hardware suggestions? looking for best gaming performance per buck. Will be on a 1680x1050 monitor, but I don't need to run at highest resolution. Oh, and since I will be gaming with headphones on, noise Isn't an issue (the louder the better.)
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.
...and apologies in advance for the noob-ish rambling nature of this post.
That looks very nice,but i have some few suggestions for you:
Change the motherboard to GIGABYTE P35 DS3L/DS3R or ASUS P5K-E WIFI.
Get a DDR2 800 RAM with 4-4-4-x or lower timings(if u want to OC,because lower timings are better.)
Change the PSU to OCZ STEALTHXSTREAM 600W or PC&POWER COOLING 610W.
Others look fine
Well, after seeing that thread where those three Raidmax 500W PSUs smoked and croaked at 75% load, I'd be very nervous about Raidmax. Typically, one of the Antec Earthwatts PSUs is available cheaply on Newegg. OMW to work; will try to return and post a link later.
Thanks for the suggestions about the RAM. It turns out that the OCZ ram that Maziar suggested is $20.00 off with the purchase of a Sapphire 4850 on Newegg(combo deal). and with a $30.00 rebate, that comes out to being free. And better than the RAM I had chosen before. Maziar, i practically owe you 50 bucks. Thank you!
And about the case- I know it comes with a no name power supply, that will likely die, or hinder overclocking. I think that the case should at least provide good airflow for cheap, and I will replace the power supply as soon as I can afford to, or start overclocking. when buying the case with the PSU as opposed to without, its only a $10.00 difference.
I will probably eventually get more memory, but budget and gaming performance take priority.
Thank you all so much for your help!
I also like all of the CoolerMaster cases I've used, including the ones at the low end. They have plenty of room, and good airflow. They either have 120mm fans, or places to mount them. Some manufacturers will put 80mm fans where a 120mm would fit, just to be cheap. The tool-free design is nice, although I'd use screws if you're going to ship the finished system. UPS shook the HDD out of place on one I shipped to my niece, snapping the connectors off.
Thanks for your help. went with the Rifle 120. I did order with a bigger case (the antec 300) so it should fit okay. Oh, and i also got the stealth 600 watt that maziar suggested. Cant wait for it to get here, hope newegg is as fast as they usually are.