I've been thinking about building a new PC for awhile now and since my laptop died the other day its time to purchase the parts. I would like to stay under $1,500 but if necessary this can be adjusted. I've been reading for a few weeks and have come up with a build. I just need some input on the parts; mostly as to whether they will be compatible with each other and if there all fine for a SLI build (only getting one graphics card atm but will expand).
Computer will mostly be used for gaming, nothing serious though, World of Warcraft and perhaps Age of Conan or something. (reason for duo, can always upgrade)
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
There it is. Hows the graphics card? Is the mother board excessive? (I do want to eventually do SLI with 2 vid cards) Do I need a sound card? Thanks for any input ahead of time. Looking to buy very soon. Ive had experience with changing out things in my computer but this is my first time doing a full build. Let me know!
If you want to go ati, I think a 4850 would be fine for your needs, go for a x48 or x38 board if you want to xfire in the future, I prefer gigabyte for my mobos, if you go for an intel x48 or x38 board the onboard sound should be fine.
If I don't comment on it, I didn't see anything wrong with it at the time.
PSU: Not a bad one, but it seems like a bit much for what you want. A Corsair 550-650W would probably be a better fit, and help bring the price down to.
HDD: Again, not a bad harddrive, but is it enough? 320GB drives can be had for ~75, and even 500GB are less then $100. I don't know your harddrive usage, but I could never survive on a 250GB drive.
Sound card: Audigy SE? You would probably be just as well off with onboard. I also fail to see what speakers you'd be using. Unless you have a good set of speakers, you might as well use onboard. No point in hooking up a cheap set of 5.1/7.1 speakers to a nice soundcard, the speakers won't be capable of showing off the sound cards abilities. If the budget is tight, worry about sound later after you've saved up more money. Sound cards and speakers are easy to add, motherboard and CPUs not so much.
Mobo + CPU: Now for the hard stuff. I, along with most others around here are not fans of Nvidia chipsets. Yes, they are the only way of doing SLI, but there isn't much good to say about them other then that. Considering the current performance of Nvidia cards, this isn't a great thing anyways. Seeing as you are getting an aftermarket CPU cooler, you might as well get the 7200, and overclock it. I to would also get a x35/45, x38/48 motherboard. Better SATA transfer speeds, no corrupted SATA drives while overclocking, less painful overall.
What you have overall isn't bad. Its just not the best idea. I'd drop down in PSU, up the hdd, get a P35, drop the sound card, get the 7200 (or 8400 if you don't like overclocking, and get the 4850. I would not pay $155 for an 8800GT. (even if it is overclocked.) You can get a 4850 for the same amount, and even at stock it will be faster.
4745454b has the right idea...if it was me, spend a little less on the case since it just sits there.Ditch that Audigy too.
A nice cooler master is 50-60 bucks, spend the extra dough on a better video cars like 4850, and or a bigger harddrive, 250 is puny, just vista with service packs is 18 plus gigs, and lots of games are 6 gigs a pop now.
Actually RC, if it was me, I would have got a different case to. For my last build I spent about $30 out the door on a case. (came with a 450W PSU which I removed as soon as I got the case.) Cases however are a personal choice, some people like them, others don't. If he has the dough ($1500 is enough) you can get an awesome case. If two years ago you only have $800, you don't.
I don't understand why you are looking at $200+ motherboards. You would be better off getting a $100 motherboard if it allows you to go up from the 4850 to the 4870. Much better gaming experience. (might even allow you to get some better speakers.)
I'm looking to purchase tomorrow so any more feedback would be appreciated. Maybe ill forget about an eventual crossfire setup because mostly everything I'll be doing won't require anything that powerfull. 474545b the mother board you posted has a great price but the reviews seem a little iffy. Also how much faster is the 4870 than the 4850? Would it be a visible increase in games such as WoW?
very nice computer build you have there, the graphics card is fine, but yes you could do a little better on the cooler. I have the Big Typhoon on my PC and it works very well, it s a huge HSF so make sure that you have adequate space in your PC, get a full tower case to accomidate!....nice build though so far.
I personally don't put to much faith in newegg reviews. First, they are mostly left by people who had issues. Many more boards were sold that people never complained about. Second, reviews can be left by anybody. ANYBODY. Even those who simply think they know what they are doing. (do I need to tell the story of my brother again? CPU - HSF + turn on = Dead CPU) As long as "real" review sites say its fine, don't worry so much about it.
I'm not married to that board, I was simply using it as an example. There are many boards out there, less then $200, that would work fine.
The 4870 is better then the 4850, but you do only really need it depending on what res you game at. 22" and smaller (1680x1050) will do fine with the 4850. If you game more at 1900x1200, then the 4870 is a better card for you.
I know im probably starting to become a pain, but if I get a 4850 I've heard that it runs extremely hot. Do I need a gpu cooler, if so which one, and what does the mother board need (2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots). I've upgraded the case to a full tower thats around the same price.
No, they simply run a bit hotter. The 2900s ran really hot. There are some of us who believe that the temp problem might go away if/when we get the ability to adjust the fan speed. The fan speed runs at a low speed, we might see some cooler temps if we can clock it up a bit.
For the motherboard, you only need to PCIe 16x slots if you are running CF/SLI. If you aren't, then just make sure you have one PCIe 16x slot.