Hoping to buy today (some sales/rebates ending)... so quick input is appreciated!
This will be my first time building my own. I'm building it primarily for gaming but also to make it last a while as I tend to hold onto my computers for a long time.
I'm mostly uncertain about RAM and GPU. I do plan to OC, but haven't done it before, so not sure how much I'll push it.
I'm in Canada (near Toronto), so fancy newegg deals don't help me. I'm likely buying it all from NCIX and pricematching using shopbot.ca.
I already have this monitor:
24" Samsung 245BW
I'm looking at getting:
CPU: Q9450 $299.95 (if pricematched to PC Village for what appears to be a retail box--otherwise it's ~$350 with free World in Conflict at NCIX or $299.95 + 8% GST and a drive around the corner from my office to get it at PC Village)
Mobo: Gigabyte X48 DS4 $222.92 (if pricematched)
Case: Antec 1200 $159.05 (if pricematched)
PSU: Corsair TX 750 $104.99 (after $20 MIR)
HS: Xigmatek S1283 $25.99 (after $10 MIR)
(or I was considering OCZ Vendetta 2)
GPU: 2x Asus Radeon 4850 crossfired $187.15 each (after $30 MIR)
(or 2x 4870s if the boost in performance is worth it for the boost in price to $297.91 each after $30 MIR... any input?)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB $79.99
OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit $117.60
RAM: DDR2 4GB, but other than that, I don't know
(Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline DDR2-1000 5-5-5-12 is $109.99 at ncix. For the possibility of a good oc, should I be looking for something better? Any recommendations? I feel pretty uncertain about choosing RAM.)
And I guess I need a new DVDRW... any recommendations?
For the RAM you will want to look up the qvl (qualified vendor list) for your motherboard and make sure the model RAM you are getting is one of the listed ones on the qvl. You can probably find the qvl by typing "motherboard name" and then qvl into google.
Otherwise that actually looks like a really good build. Make sure you have CD/DVD drive, mouse, keyboard, etc.