Have a 2 year old Dell inspiron 9400 laptop that i used for gaming and school. core duo 2.0 Ghz 1gb ram geforce 7900.
Plan on using this rig for gaming (COD 4/5, SC2, E:TW, TF2) and maybe CAD
I'm trying to advoid buying another dell (2 video cards and a harddrive lucky i got a free 3 year warrenty) but i haven't built a system before and thus open to any advice. I'm still a student and would like to keep a budget but I'm willing to spend a few extra if the part is better in the long run.
I'm not really sure about the PSU and I don't know if i should get a IDE or SATA HDD. i'm also planing on getting vista 64 bit edition and have a 22" monitor
I plan on upgrading as needed like another 3GB of ram first, maybe buy another card down the road and crossfire them. Also I do not plan on overclocking the system at first but maybe down the road upgrade the cooling and try
And I'm canadian and I know newegg.com and .ca sometimes have different deals but if you can please link .ca
First off nice pc build. Secondly dont be discouraged by assembly trust me theres many people to help you along the way and this thing will destroy any dell. Now as for whether you should use ide or sata.. definatly sata. If you didnt get sata that would be like having a ferrari with a toyota camry engine FOr a student budget you seem to still have some money on you so forsure invest in good quality cooling. I can already tell you that your psu will be your downside in future proofing.. Im sitting with a 1000w in my room and it has 4 6pin pci and 2 8pin pci connectors.. That psu is most likely only good for 1 ati card thus killing all hope of crossfire. Everything sounds good otherwise just make sure everything is compatible that is number 1. Ill be interested to see how that core i7 works out and definatly get 64 bit vista. Newegg angers me with the canadian/american prices considering that its like 50$ cheaper for everything in states. But yea building a system is like playing with lego. Just make sure you get all the power connectors in and youll be set.. Most things like Power supplies, cases, mobo etc will actually explain installation so you should be alright, but if u need help u know where to find us
Sorry if these reccomendations bring your price up but you've got a pretty solid build. Matm1234 is probally giving some good advise with getting a better cooler, but if your not doing overclocking asap this is something that can probally be purchased later on down the road.
I'd agree with proximon in this case, but it does not leave you much of an upgrade path in the future. If your dedicated to doing upgrades in the future for your rig, go with the i7. If not then go with proximons suggestions.
I agree with Proximon. The Q9550/HD 4870 1GB combo beats the i920/HD 4850 combo in games, AFAIK. As for future upgrade path, just make sure you get a P45 with Crossfire support (Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P, Asus P5Q Pro or P5Q-E, etc.).
Upgrading the CPU is really not an issue with either Q9550 or i920, IMO, because by the time either of those is not enough Intel will have moved away from LGA1366 and you'd need a new MB anyway to use the latest CPUs.