Hi, I'm planning on building my own computer system for the first time ever, instead of ordering something from Dell. I looking to build a great gaming PC for the money I can spend (my budget is between 600-700 dollars), in addition to the other, less system-intensive uses for it like surfing the internet or watching movies.
Here's the build I was planning on ordering, please let me know your thoughts. I don't want to screw this up. I'm especially clueless about my motherboard.
I planned on using integrated sound for this PC, and using the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. from my old Dell. Any mistakes/missed opportunities/alternate configurations in there? Thanks for the help! The total price from this thing before mail-in rebates is $650, and wasting $100 on the OEM of Windows Vista Home Premium brings it up to $750.
Also: do I need to buy a Case Fan for this thing? There's no way in hell I trust myself with liquid cooling.
Good build. I'd probably go with Slomo's advice on the case & power supply bundle. But I'm an Antec PSU guy, they've always treated me well. I'm not familiar with Apevia honestly, and tend to stay away from off-brand or cheap power supplies. They've always spelled trouble for me.
The power supply & hard drive combo isn't bad either. Western Digital makes a solid hard drive in my experience.
And heck, the Asus P5Q boards are pretty good from what I see (never had one), and bundled with the E8400 to save you $30 I'd say go for it.
So yeah, maybe I should have just said Ditto to Slomo?
Oh one thing. I always suggest buying an aftermarket CPU cooler. Stock coolers aren't always that great (even if you're not planning to OC).
Alright, thanks for the advice. I made the changes you suggested Slomo, getting the Antec NeoPower and the Antec 300 instead of the Cooler Master case and the Apevia power supply. I also bought the chip that was bundled the Intel E8400.
Jerreece: How about the Artic Freeze 7 for a cheap yet effective CPU cooler? Or is there another option I should be considering?