It seems like as the years have passed...my "techiness" has dwindled like my hair line where i used to enjoy pouring through Comp Shopper magazines (when they were huge)....now i get overwhelmed when looking for components on newegg ( and its a great site). I have built 4 of the 7 PC's i have used dating back to the 90's. I am getting ready to purchase parts for another build ( the family CFO gave the go ahead )
Now, like a ot of folks in this forum, I too am going to primarily play games, but unlike most I think, I wil be playing older games that ive played for a while. My current athlon (939) based system with a 7800 xx video card has run its course. I am still going very low end on the new build. All Im looking for is a step up from my 4 year old system.
What Im not sure about is compatibility of the parts. Thats where me being below the learning curve comes in
I took some advice from these forums, added a good dose of newegg customer reviews (with a grain of salt), and factored in my limited budget and got this. If someone that is comfortable with this stuff (like I used to be) would make sure that my memory, mobo, cpu are going to mesh, I would appreciate it.
Oh, and it seems that the PSU I chose is out of stock. Could someone recommend one in the same price range please?
Your PSU has a single +12V@18A rail. That's totally inadequate for your build. A crappy PSU leads to an unstable system and possible component damage if it fails. You need something a bit pricier like:
2. What will this be mainly used for? Gaming, family PC,etc.?
3. What resolution for the LCD?
Anyways, the P45-UD3L and E5200 is a great combination. If you are interested in OCing you can easily hit 3.4-3.6Ghz. Note: If planing to OC consider a good HSF. The stock HSF will probably get you to 3Ghz OC.
Overall, a good build. DO try to get a Corsair 400CX instead of the Thermaltake. The Thermaltake PSU you selected has only 18A on the +12 rail. Modern GPUs like the 4850 need at least 20A (safety margin). Invest in a good PSU. Seriously. The Thrmaltake uses an older design where +5v line was more important than the +12, hence why it has 30A on the +5 rail. Compair that with the 400CX which has 30A on the +12.
gaming...but as I said not newer more demanding games...some old MMO's...photo editing..all of which my current comp does fairly well.
I am assuming that the parts listed above are a few generations better than the parts in my low-end-then 4year old machine.
would love to see a number under $600
thanks for the PSU info...knew nothing about that..always wondered what rails were anyway
LCD is 1200x1600....but again...my current system ( with the geForce 7800) does ok with the res....so wouldnt any of those GPU's match it or surpass it?...
^I would agree with all the choices except the OP dosen't plan to OC. And +1 for running Win 7 RC. (Note: You can pre order Win 7 Home Premium for $50 at Newegg, that way you'll be ready when the time runs out.
@OP: Seriously OCing is not that hard. Spend a few hours (~3-4) learning/reading OCing guides and you can easily do it. As long as you are willing to learn and push your hardware, you'll be able to save quite a lot of money now and in the future by getting lower clocked CPUs and OCing them (ie getting a i7 920 instead of the i7 940). The actuall OCing will take a few days, mainly due to the optimizations of voltages,etc, but you can still use the PC for normal work during testing as long as you have a non insane OC.
If your playing older stuff, you might be better off getting a non wide screen monitor also. If you get a smaller widescreen (below 22 inch) the picture wont be as "tall" and you'll either have black bars on the side of your games or the picture will be streched funny depending on settings and possible game resolutions.
A 4:3 screen is more square, like old school tube monitors.