I am looking for some help in building a new system. My budget is 800 dollars. I am in my freshman year as IT student, so I do not have much knowledge. I would like something that is capable of playing new games although it is not my primary purpose (mostly school work and websurfing). I recently bought an msi laptop (gx630). It was defective and returned. Now I think my money would go further in a desktop. I have looked at barebone kits but I am lost. I would need a monitor as well. So please keep that in mind when budgeting. Thank you
Best place to look is the $625 "system builder marathon" builds here at Tom's, they don't include the operating system, monitor, keyboard or mouse, so the $800 budget should be ballpark. They usually focus on gaming, so a downgrade in the graphic card is something to keep in mind (4870 to a 4850 or a 4830.)
Nice build. I would change out the psu though. Here's a modular 550w with good specs. It's part of the new Fatal1ty line put out by OCZ . It's new product so it's on the cheap right now. Take the money saved and maybe put it towards a better vid card.
It looks like a good deal, but I'm not too sure. The only opinion I found (It's not reviewed yet) says that Sirtec is the OEM, which would not be a good sign if true, but not really a deal breaker either.
Thanks alot for the help. I have put together a couple of systems now. One with an Intel and one with AMD. I am not sure which way to go, but for the money it looks like I will have to sacrifice something. I will keep looking