I need a good mid-range system for general use and casual gaming. I'm not a serious gamer. The only thing I would probably play on it would be Sims 2 and 3 and their respective expansion packs (don't laugh--I'm a girl!). I want the best GPU I can get within my budget so I can run the games on the highest settings with no problems.
I'm stuck on an Intel/Nvidia system with XP-pro. I don't necessarily need a quad core, I think a duo would be fine for my purposes. I'm not putting it together myself, just acquiring the parts.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (the closer the better) BUDGET RANGE: (example: US$1000-1100)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (surfing the internet, gaming, watching movies)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type-- See Above
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: ?? - What do you think I need?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thanks for any help you can give me!
I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I do want new everything--OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, etc. I told him he didn't need to include the keyboard, mouse and speakers in the budget because I figured they were pretty cheap and I could pick them up anywhere. I can go $1100 for everything, give or take a few dollars, but if I can get what I need cheaper, that would be great!
I do want to stick with Intel/Nvidia. Sorry--I know you guys love your AMDs I've just always had good luck with Intel and I'm afraid of change <LOL>.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your expertise. I hope this cleared things up a bit.
What do you all think of this setup? It's a little over budget, but I can live with it. I haven't decided on the OS yet. With Vista Home Premium this is about $1187. Do you think I can do any better considering I want to keep the Intel/Nvidia setup?
you don't need the sata connector as ur power supply has a sata connector so that it will me able to power the Hard drive and your optical drive other than that you are good to go for the os get the windows 7 beta and get it when it is released
Microsoft Gift - Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 x64 64-Bit - OEM it is for 10$
If you don't mind going a bit over budget its really not that bad of a build. I do heavily agree with computersss to grab the WD Black 640 instead of the one you've got posted up there.
I would feel a bit more comfortable having the crosair 650Tx powering my rig but what ever works.
To comment on the Windows 7 Release Canditiate it's pretty good right now. Yes its not 100% stable but you most likely won't run across this issue. That would save you a nice bundle for the operating system.
Might also want to look at combo deals between components. Might be able to save yourself a few dollars with that as well.
+1 to kubes i thought of the 650 tx too but the ocz would be good too but when it comes to the psu i would never buy any psu except from pc power&cooling ,corsair or antec these 3 makes the best psu on the market especially pc power&cooling and corsair,i would get windows 7 but i had to tell her about the risk but IMO windows 7 is excellent and stable