Hey guys, I'm a cheapass and you can regularly find my over at cheapassgamer.com When my two year old $1500 Dell died a month ago I figured I should just build my own and save some change. I talked to some friends on the forums there and found a $400 build I thought I could run with: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
I thought that would meet my needs but since then I've upped my budget to the $500-600 range. But if I can be cheaper than that so be it! Was wondering if you guys had any builds/recommendations for me. For a long time I was a hardcore pc only gamer but since then I've burned through all of the hottest PC gaming has to offer. I do all my gaming on Xbox 360 and PS3 now. So my old mainstays would be Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Civ 4. I'd like these to sound and look good, however, but I don't need the best.
I am also interested in some sort of 'longevity' whether that be ease of upgrade, quality pieces, etc. Open to interpretation. I'd rather keep this rig running a long time through upgrades and new parts or good parts to begin with rather than having to construct/buy a whole new rig down the road.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 Weeks from 7/20 BUDGET RANGE: ($500-600)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web-surfing (multi-tabbed, multiple windows), Gaming (Fallout 3, Bioshock, Source games: TF2, L4D, HL2, CIV4, nothing newer), general office app useage.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Speakers (Logitech G51 Surround Sound), Mouse, 2 External Harddrives (150 gig each)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (I have shopped with them before, but I like a good deal if easily accessed)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm open to new things
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (I'm a newbie) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (I'm a newbie)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Can't remember at this time.
-Leave my PCs running all the time
-I never move my rigs so a heavy case is not a big deal
-Quiet PC is nice
-I don't like/care for glow lights on the case that are irritating
-Prefer Win XP instead of upgrade
-I've burned through all of the hottest PC gaming has to offer. I do all my gaming on Xbox 360 and PS3 now. So my old mainstays would be Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, Civ 4. I'd like these to sound and look good, however, but I don't need the best.
If you are a hardcore gamer I would suggest you up that budget to at least 800.00$ and then we would have some headroom to work with.... that wish list you came up with is kinda weak for the gaming you want to achieve.