Hi, I'm new to building computers, and looking for suggestions on anything from compatibility and tutorials to parts and suppliers. I am looking to build a decent computer on a limited budget, something that I can improve on in the future.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next few months; BUDGET RANGE: ~700 max
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, watching movies, gaming (not cutting edge), ms office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, speakers, OS? (I have a burned copy XP home that I use for reformating)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: not familiar with those sites yet
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences
OVERCLOCKING: No; SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: no preference (I'm currently using laptop with 1024x768)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking to upgrade from my 4 year old laptop; looking for decent performance, not running 3D games on highest res
All the parts are just random picks because of my lack of knowledge about hardware and brands
Overall it costs $35 more, gives you a faster processor with a third core, better upgradability and onboard graphics which i would suggest using until you can spring and extra $40 for a 4850 which is significantly stronger than a 4670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
nope the 790GX chipset has an HD3300 gpu built in, it will handle 1440x900 acceptably for games if you turn the details down and is plenty for videos and school work. It should hold you over until you can scrape together enough for a midrange discrete card like a 4850, whose prices should plummet in october when the new 5xxx line comes out.