I posted in the general homebuilt forums about a possible upgrade/new build, and based on the replies, lurking, and expanding my budget a bit, I figured I would just go with a mostly brand new system. I found a couple of builds on here that I thought would be a good starting point. I would like to get impressions/suggestions on it with consideration to my 'needs' listed below. Thanks!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better
BUDGET RANGE: US$600-$850
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but open to others
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe -- down the road
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe-- down the road
MONITOR RESOLUTION: syncmaster 205bw w/ 1680x1050 native--- should I upgrade?
I wanted to give it a couple of weeks before I came back to give a report.
My new rig, with specs listed above, has been up and running since a day or two after previous post. I have to say this was probably the easiest build I have ever done. I suppose in the 5 or 6 years since my last build that technology, and instructions, have gotten a lot better... it surely wasn't due to my expertise!
The build took a couple hours in an afternoon and it started right up first power push. ZERO issues! Loaded up a vista version i had laying around just to get it to boot, but decided to keep it after all.
I am loving this new puter. Sooooo much better than my nforce rig that it replaced! It more than meets my needs for what I want to do and has actually gotten me away from my XPS gaming laptop.