Hey guys, I’ve never built a computer before, but I’ve been doing my homework. The primary purpose of this post is to get feedback, ideas, and advice.
PRICE: I want to spend ~750$ on this, though I would go over that if switching out for a different component(s) gave a huge value boost in return for paying slightly more.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I don’t have a particular deadline since I’m still riding dirty on my old school Dell, but if I get some assurance that this will be a good build, I don’t see why I shouldn’t order them immediately. I’m all about the best value; I don’t care if the inside of my tower looks like the wreckage from a battle in Road Warrior - as long as it’s fast, cool, and quiet, I’m good.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I will be using this computer primarily to video edit (Sony Vegas, After Effects)>photo edit (PShop, Illus.)>game (Supreme C, Crysis, minesweeper)>watch movies>type furiously on the keyboard and then say “I’m in.”>browse the internets> word process?>belittle exclusive Mac users
Preferred Stores: I love newegg, but I’m in California which means the 8.25% sales tax puts only a minority of their products at the lowest purchase point. Tigerdirect generally has good prices, though they don’t seem to have quite the selection of newegg. Basically I’m looking to compromise between store credibility and product bottom dollar. Also, I HATE rebates. Whichever business man thought of them should get be given a medal then shot.
OVERCLOCKING: I intend to OC my CPU, and perhaps my graphics card/RAM if I can figure it out, though I feel I will be fine if I just leave it at just my CPU (I am new to OCing.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All I need is the tower and internal components; I have all peripherals except for one of those cool USB powered Nerf turrets. I run dual monitors; 17 and a 22 inch.
Open to suggestions here under $100. I don’t want to skimp out on quiet reliable power. I also don’t need anything over 550W according to my calculations. Depending on how much the 4870 1GB card uses, I would think I could safely use a good quality 500W.
Open to suggestions. I’d like DDR2 2x2048MB 1066MHz less than or equal to $50
The biggest most reliable 7200 rpm drive I could get for $70 or less
It is performance wise pretty strong and the 1GB may come in handy depending on what you use it for.
If you plan on overclocking - then the CPU multiplier is important for Intel cpu's as they will be locked unless you have more than $1000 to blow. Therefore do not get a Q8200 or other low number cpus - they have a very low base multiplier and it takes much higher FSB to get a higher clock - this is difficult because most motherboards are not stable above 500 Mhz FSB - so go for the Q8400 if you have to go with Intel.