Hi all, been reading up in the forums and I'm grateful to have such a helpful community. This is the first time I'm building a system and I have NO idea what I'm doing so I'm including a list of everything I'm buying. I'm also having trouble deciding between a processor. My budget is about $1200 but that will include a 22" or 24" LCD.
Some closing thoughts: I like that the AMD system is cheaper by $100. I want this to be a good gaming rig that will run WoW as well as multitask well with the Adobe Suite of products (if I can ever afford it). I'd like this system to last me a good 4-5 years as well. Is there anything else I need to buy? Is there some place I can look up how to put the system together? I'm nervous about doing this but I can't pass up the savings on a homebuilt rig as opposed to something prebuilt like doghouse systems.
You have some questionable choices.
1. The 9800GT+ 1GB, it's about the equal of a HD4850, but about $60 more expensive.
2. DDR2 1066 RAM is not usually a good option, more dependent on CPU/mobo, if it's an Intel system go with 2X2GB DDR2 800 1.8v. If it's an AMD quad core then you'd use the DDR2 1066.
3. a 250GB hard drive for a $1,000 + system doesn't make much sense, maybe if you were really squeezing a budget, but a 640GB HD is only $15 more.
4. You don't need an aftermarket cooler or thermal paste unless you're planning on overclocking your CPU.
You should check out the system builder marathon builds here at Toms at the $625 limit and the $1,200 limit to get some ideas. Also check out some other builds here in the forums.
Thanks to both of you for your responses. As you can see, I was totally throwin darts in the dark. All prices are from newegg.com. I would have linked them but I was in a rush. I'll take a look at the system marathon builds and repost with some revised components. Thanks for the advice on the video card too. I want a great one, but don't want to pay more than I have to.