Hi there, this is my first time building a computer. I don't have really much knowledge about computer hardware, but in the past few days I've learnt alot. I've heard it is really important to get a good PSU, as it affects everything your computer does.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next 2 weeks or so BUDGET RANGE: $700-$1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (not too hardcore, just be able to run Fallout 3 well), Surfing web, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Really nothing, I need everything new because I don't have older parts
PARTS PREFERENCES: A Intel Duo Core cpu or AMD x3 core with Asus/Gigabyte Motherboard with 19"-22" LCD monitor and Mid Tower Case
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 (I don't really care)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to play games such as Team Fortress 2 or Fallout 3 at the high resolutions. I am leaning towards the P45 type Motherboard as I heard it was reliable and relatively cheap. I am just wondering if the motherboard I've chosen will support DDR3 RAM. Also, I live in Canada so things will be a bit more expensive than USA. Thank you very much for your help!
I don't think I'll be adding more RAM. The thing is I am kind of tight on my budget (especially after I add shipping and handling fees for some parts) so does anyone know any good deals or things I can downgrade to fit within my budget? I think it'll also cost another $150 or so for an OS
Well, for 1440x900 resolution, you could drop back to a 4850. This will allow you to get a smaller PSU as well; a quality 450W+ unit would be sufficient.
As nice as the G11 is, unless you intend to do a lot of macro programming for your games, you could get by for a lot less. Same with the G5; I love mine, but a decent mouse with a tilt-wheel like a Logitech LX-3 might be sufficient.
The speakers in your monitor will give you sound, but should not be considered a replacement for a separate set, even a low-end 2.1 setup.
Did you mean to choose an IDE optical drive? SATA ones are available for nearly the same price, and will do away with that airflow blocking ribbon cable.
Thanks for the replies guys. So far I decided I won't need gaming keyboards and mice so I'll just stick the cheaper ones. I've also decided to go with the 4850 1gb graphic card instead, and downgrade to a lower wattage PSU.
Does anyone else have any other suggestions? Getting Windows Vista Home Premium is really expensive in Canada, probably at least $150, so can anyone suggest cheaper parts since this is kind of over my budget once I add in shipping, handling and other stuff. The problem with my build is that I need a mouse, keyboard, OS, monitor and power supply while other builds usually just use the things from before. Thanks
OCZ works. Maybe not as good as Corsair but its an option.
If you really want to save money, I mean REALLY, consider the following:
1. Choose the cheapest but better review case (ie. Rosewill R220-P-BK, Linkworld PRESCOTT)
2. Going with semi-good PSU (ie. Cooler Master[They're good but they do have a reputation of being one good, one bad. When they're good, they're good. When they're bad, they're bad])
3. If you have a Chinatown near you (no racism) go to their computer stores and pick up a really cheap keyboard/mouse. Sometimes they have other computer parts for cheap as well.
If you get a PSU with Active PFC that is 80+ certified, I'm confident it won't be garbage. At the very least, to get the 80+ certification, it was tested at 100% load and didn't smoke. There are some newer Coolermasters in this group. The older ones (with no PFC, i.e. they have a little voltage switch on them) I would not recommend. At best, they are inefficient. At worst, they are overrated, unstable, and have too much of their wattage on +5V, rather than +12V where it is needed.
I agree with Armi on the cheaper cases. I've used a bunch of the cheapest Rosewills, and they've all been decent; better than the low-end Coolermaster cases.
Thank you for the replies. I think I'll still stick with a solid PSU as well as the Antec Three Hundred because I don't want the fans and things to be brittle. I'll look into this store at Chinatown though for some less important parts.
I was just wondering, do you guys think getting a more expensive Intel Duo Core CPU is better than the one I have right now?