I built my first machine just over 2 years ago (with the help of someone who actually knew what they were doing). Over the last couple months it's started slowing down and with new games on the market, it just hasn't been keeping up. I've been trying to put it off as long as I can, but yesterday we got a virus of some sort (McAfee cant seem to find it). Anywho, maybe it's a blessing in disguise. I now have an excuse to build new.
To be completely honest, I don't know much of anything when it comes to computers and components (I know the generalities, but don't keep up with the technology), so if any of you folks who know anything have a moment, help would be appreciated.
I'm looking to keep the machine under $1,000. I have all peripherals, so it would just be the tower.
This may be a really dumb question, but is it possible to salvage hardware from my current machine to use (given I have a bug) or should I just start fresh? I'm at work right now, so I can't tell you exactly what I have in my current machine.
Primary uses will be gaming (WoW, COD 4), photoshop (photographer), and general media. If you know of another thread similar to what I'm looking for, please direct me.
I just want to make sure I'm understanding...use the SBM build but switch the E5200 for the Q6600?
I had looked at the SBM before I posted, but was worried it wouldn't be enough. If I'm understanding your suggestion, would that be a decent build? Hell, at that price, I might think about building a second for my wife.
LOL. I appreciate the feedback. And we all know your advice is welcome.
Did I leave out the OS-tax? A shame...
As far as using the SBM 625 build, just realize that they cut some corners in order to realize that price. You have some definitive improvements vs. that build (like not having anything from Rosewill!)
The SBM's are getting better, but I sure wouldn't blindly base my own build off of it. The SBM's used to be a joke. I would always read them just to see what POS PSU they used and so forth. There always seemed to be some red flags that made me scratch my head, but the latest ones have been much better.
After talking with my wife, it seems apparent that we would both love added performance. However, there's no way I can swing two machines like the one suggested right now. So, I've been playing with some spec trying to squeeze out as much performance with as little money as possible. If I can find a viable build and keep it under $650 (HAHAHAHAHAHA, ya I know), I'll build them both. The lower price will allow for monitor upgrades as well.
Again, primarily for gaming with mild other media use. Be honest, but gentle:
(apologies in advance for lack of links)
LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS122-04 - OEM $22.99
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.95
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99
After I posted the specs, I saw your advice on another thread linking that same PS. I changed it out at that point.
I need to sit down tonight and figure out exactly what I want and can afford. The purpose for the low cost spec is just a bare minimum starting point. If I can go up, first will be PSU, then GSU and CPU.
Edit: I added the other MB to my cart. I'm mostly worried about costs now, so being same price, seems logical to get the newer of the two.
I'm very close to being happy with my build. Just one final question:
Is there a difference between the Xigmatec HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler and the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 90mm cooler in terms of performance? The AC is almost half the price, and after reading up a bit on OC'ing the processor, I'm freaking myself out a bit and may put that off for now (until I read up on it a bit more and feel comfortable). I know I'm not dropping that much money on these builds, but that doesn't mean I'm ready to blow it up trying to do something I'm not sure I'm comfortable doing at this point.
Switching the heatsink would drop me back down to just over $600 including tax and shipping (I'm proud of that ). I upped the power supply to the Antec 500W.