I am new to posting on any computer forum, but I decided I wanted to ask here, for a critique of the new system I am looking at and any advice you can offer. To get an idea of where I am coming from I'll go back to my present system and go from there. First off I have been out of the computer buying arena for quit awhile. My present system was built in 2004 and its specs are below.
About a year later I doubled the RAM to 1GB and added an NVIDIA GeForce 6800. Up until the last year and a half or so it was still playing most of what was out there as far a games go, at least at minimum levels but it just can't keep up anymore. So late last year I decided I needed a new system and have been looking at the options for the past few months. As I have not been paying much attention to computer hardware for oh about, FIVE YEARS, it has been a bit overwhelming. I am hopeing for a decent outside opinion of what I have been looking at. Now lets get down to brass tacks.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Some time in the next three months. It depends on when I get the spare money squared away. I still need about $650.
BUDGET RANGE: US$2500. That includes TAX and labor cost. I trust the person who assembled my previous system more than I do myself with this kind of work.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, text reading and web browsing, watching movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A, 100% new build.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I will be using a local dealer to order parts but have looked at Newegg.com for price comparison and reviews. I am in the USA.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i7 920 processor. All components potently subject to change.
OVERCLOCKING: Upgrade possibility. Not at present.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Upgrade possibility. Not at present.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 at present. Subject to change.
I have spoken to the people who built my last system and they came up with the list below. It was compiled back in January so prices and available products have changed but I have been using it as a baseline. The thing that I have been having the most trouble with is finding a monitor to do justice to the GPU and Processor as I think there is better out there than the SAMSUNG 2243BWX. What I would like is a good critique of the proposed system below.
That build could use some changes. #1 skip that case...your building a gaming rig, not a lan party box. Also that memory sucks. Prices change almost day to day, so your best bet is to post this question a week to a few days before your about to make your order. But ya, I can see where that build could use some changes.
One more important thing...if your "local dealers" or whoever you go through can't match the prices and hardware we post on here...well than it's obvious to not use them to buy all parts. Otherwise your just screwing yourself.
Here is an example build........and notice how I used 3 differen't vendors for this build. It's all about $$$ and performance.
So thats about $1425. The case should be around $75-150 depending on what you choose. That should be everything except for the case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers! Those are all personal preference for you but here is what I would suggest for those as well.
Saitek Black usb wired keyboard - $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Logitech G5 mouse - $44 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the monitor, that is definitely something you have to do on your own. Your taste might be different then mine, but I would definitely suggest going 1900x1200 in terms of resolution. So I would suggest looking into a 24".
For the case, the CM 690, CM HAF 932, Antec 900, CM Storm Sniper are all good cases. You cannot go wrong with any of those.
For speakers, I would go with the logitech z5500s. They fit in your budget and are probably the best 5.1 setup you can get for that price range.
My recommendation on the GPU is the gtx 285 because it is more then enough for a 24" and you can always SLI them later on if you feel you need another one. The psu and mobo will both be more then enough for SLI.
Hope all my advice helps! Good luck!
Edit: Dang Why_Me! You beat me to it! haha Still hope my advice helps tho!
Thanks for the advice. I have in fact already been looking around for an alternative case like the Antec 900 and was thinking of a logitech mouse. The rest of what you have recommended I am going to have to take some time to examining. I will probibly pop back in when I get things nailed down a little more.