PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use whatever is cheap and good. I was reading the Guide to Choosing Parts, and it sounded like AMD and ATI were good and much cheaper than Intel and Nvidia, so I chose accordingly. If you guys recommend other brands, that's fine with me.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, of course
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In due time probably CrossFire
MONITOR RESOLUTION: At first I would be running at a kind of low res, with an old CRT monitor. until I get enough money for a 22" LCD, *1680x1050*
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Doesn't need to look cool necessarily, but I wouldn't mind if it did. And please, any help to make this cheaper, but still good. It's a little too expensive with what I have on it.
Heheh. I'm a newb at building computers.
And should I get an AM3 Motherboard then, because doesn't it support and use the DDR3 RAM?
And I guess I wouldn't really need a Full. Good point. I have just always liked everything in my life roomy. Heh.
Thanks for the info though, anything else would be appreciated too.
Also, any recommendations on mid towers would be nice.
Hehe thanks Shortstuff for all those links and deals. It lowered it buy about $80+, but I think I may keep the 650W PSU, in case I go Crossfire or such. Or will I still not need it that big?
Am I better to go with the 550?
And also, Thank you hunter, but he did beat you too it
I remember when I had slow net, it freakin' sucked man. Dial up FTL (For the loss)
Also, do I really NOT need DDR3, I'm kind of confused about this part?
Should I stick with the quad core Phenom 940 and the AM2+ Mobo, and DDR2, or would it be really helpful to get DDR3 and an AM3 Mobo?
Again, thanks for all the help from both of you
You guys ever heard of the Novint Falcon?
I WANT ONE SO BAD!
Well unless newegg realizes it, the corsair 650tx and 550vx are currently the same price before and after MIR. So as long as it stays that way get the 650tx.
Currently the difference in performance between DDR2 and DDR3 are negligible so you dont NEED it, but an AM3 motherboard with DDR3 gives you potentially longer upgrade life as future AMD processors might not have DDR2 controllers.
Most games are only optimized for two cores right now so you wont get a significant upgrade from the 940 over the 720 right now but when the next generation of quads comes out the difference will likely be significant.
So I should just get a triple core?
That sounds pretty shnazzehh.
I probably will do.
Because I want to be able to buy a monitor and Novint Falcon eventually.
So x3 core 720, with AM3 Mobo and DDR3? I think i'll do that and see how much it comes too.
Also, sorry for all the edits in my posts, but how much better is the GX than the X models of AMD Mobos?
Make sure to watch for combos as some nice combos have been showing up with the AM3 processors lately, got my 955 and Asus 790FX board with an $85 off combo so keep your eyes open for deals like that and buy when you spot them.
The GX boards are mostly just an X board with a graphics chip built in, other than that they are basically identical.