Hello all! This is my first post, and I'm looking to get some advice before I make my purchases.
I have about $1300 to spend, and I'm looking to get a good gaming PC that will last me 4 years or so without much replacement (maybe video card).
I plan on trying to buy things from Fry's Black Friday sale, as I'm hoping they put some good components on sale. But if not, Newegg has things on sale. My problem is, I have an idea of what I want, but I've not built my own system before, and I don't really know how to compare parts for what I need them for. I want a good out-of-the-box system, one that I don't have to mod or overclock. A little room for mild overclocking later would be nice, but is by no means necessary; I would just as soon have it be a little cheaper with no room to overclock.
I have a 19" at 1440x900. Might pick up a 21" if I see one for cheap enough.
Right...a case comes in many form factors ATX,extented ATX,midi and super tower, there are someothers for the real small computer cases, there is alot more than that by the way but thats just the basics you need to know
power supply units thats easy not computer unless tri SLI or crossfire needs 1kw power supply... best companies are PC power and cooling, be quiet, corsair, seasonic, tagan etc...
if oyu want anymore advise(guaidence) please feel free to post... it seems to me you only has a basic idea so tell me what you want to do with this computer I know that its gaming but any game in particalure and at what level, in other words do you want it to run EVERYING maxed out in games etc...if that I might be able to point you towards the right companets for you, but it will be in british pounds I m affried=/ unless i go round newegg, but thats all I know that is on dollars..
No you are not too late, and thank you for your reply.
Space is not a premium with my case, so do I need to buy a case that matches the form factor of my motherboard?
I figure I can go with a 700 watt PC Power PSU.
I don't need to max everything out, I just want a system that runs the games of today on high (bioshock, etc.) and meets recommended system requirements for a good while. I do not care one bit about "maxing" any games. I want good performance for my money, and enjoyable gaming for several years.
okay. personly I would go with the HD4850 is a good card at these resloutions belive me, there are loads of reviews, it should be able to handle BIOSHOCK CALL OF DUTY 5 on maxed seetings but not crysis due to the engine of the game..
I don't think 700watt will be nesscery, unless you plan on crossfiring than you will need the power supply unit to have 4 PCIe connectors to be safe. go around the companies i metnioned for that and compare reviews etc
your CPU is nice make no mistake about that.... i would go for a top end P45 chipset but than that top end P45 mobo i was thinking about you could get a X48 chipset for about the same price, on DDR2
yes you need to make sure the mobo will fit the case...if oyur going for multi GPU with AMD/ATI you will need a good case with a good air flow becasue they get HOT and I mean hot
so look alone the lines of the antec 900s or thermaltake armors or simplier to that
I will be looking around newegg for the componets, but I think the HD4870 is too much too be honest for that resloution unless your planning to stick a massive HD 42ich on it than a HD4870 will be ideal after a while
Junk the 8gig of memory idea and put the extra towards a video card with 1gig memory on it. ( 4870 1gig ) It should help when you crank up the goodies. ( AA/AF etc ) I tried 8gig over 4gig in the system memory department........... not worth it. Only helped Crysis load a little faster....... in game........ iffy as to whether it actually did anything to be honest. I have the 512/4870........ I replaced it.
I've been using Proximan's parts list like a bible, great info in general and power supply choices specifically for ya.
Those are parts that I like, and are generally well-priced... I can't always keep up on the temporary deals. Others here will have great recommendations as well. That's the real power of this forum, that we compliment each other and occasionally argue about stuff Everyone wins in the end.
Chaos, you seem to have a good plan. The only thing I think you might need help on is the RAM, case, and PSU.
Looking at my parts list will give you a good range of power supplies to look for on Friday.
Looking at my Guide to Choosing Parts will help equip you for that shopping frenzy a bit more, and give you some more to think about on the RAM. I also outline what makes a good case.
8Gb is pointless at the moment save your money and saying that DDR3 is as well =/ althrough its cheaper now due to I7, the motherboard has a intergrated RAID contorler on board, all you need to do is going into BIOS and tell it RAID, than set it up using the raid controll, this pops up after the bios post screen, you need to be fast to get into it. Its not on the screen for long I know asus one is alt-J I think.