Hey guys, let me start off by saying I've been reading up and teaching myself a lot about building a PC lately, and most of the better knowledge I've gained has come from this site! You guys are helpful and kind. With that in mind, I'm looking to build my first PC from scratch in the next month or so, and gave myself a $1000 limit.
As far as goals for it, I want it to be 'future resistant,' (i'll be happy with it 3+ years from now) but I'm not getting on the i7 train yet, I want it to be visually/physically impressive (you'll notice LED's galore ), I do plan to game but I'm fine with one GPU
I'm definitely an intel/nvidia (EVGA) fan...
...but I'm really not sure about the price ratios, or what to dish out more for, etc. Just looking for some advice, if you think I should get a cheaper x and upgrade my y instead, etc. Lay some knowledge on me! Thanks
I have absolutely nothing against Intel or nVidia, but this is the way to go today. I expect that in September when i5 hits we'll be building with Intel more at this price point. And I expect we'll be able to SLI on P55 boards also, but that's not certain.
i was actually gonna buy a new monitor with this box, since i only have a CRT gateway junker from like 2005. i work at Pearson and i think they have some discounts with Dell, but I'll see. hopefully a 19" or 22" ...I'm gonna aim to spend $150 or less on the monitor
I jumped on newegg and the first monitor i see is a 22" for $140 haha sweet, so let's say a 22"
If the name of the board JUST says AM3.... not AM3/AM2+ or anything like that, then it's DDR3. All pure AM3 boards are DDR3. It can be very confusing to the average builder, which is why I think AMD will phase out DDR2 support on all new CPUs in the future.