Please help me optimize the build I am putting together. I am mainly concerned about getting the best combination of motherboard and cpu. Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: $750~$1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (not a hardcore gamer), movies, internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, optical drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI, quality brands
OVERCLOCKING: Probably no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure, have a 21.5 inch monitor. Suggest a resolution?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not interested in any AMD (even Phenom) or intel i7. Would like to stick with an intel duo. Would like to have an ATI card. Would like to have a card that makes good use of the quality of my monitor. I don't mind spending more for quality parts, as long as they don't stray too far from my preferences. Please note I chose my hard drive based on its RPM's, not its capacity. Do RPM's really make much of a difference though? I just want my main OS drive to be the highest quality possible without breaking the bank. First time builder.
Also, I am uncertain if I will need a CPU cooler and thermal compound if I will probably not be overclocking. Please advise, thank you.
use a Q9550 or Q8400 instead of that E8500, dual cores are old news.
or look at the $1000 i7 build as that will last a bit longer.
Thanks for the quick reply! I don't mind much spending the extra cash for a quad core, they just don't seem to be much of an improvement over the duo. I noticed the E8500 has a ton of good reviews, but the quads you mention do also.
I might go with a quad, I guess there's no real downside other than the improvement over the duos might not be that much right?