I have loved this site for so long, but up until now I have only browsed. After seeing all that one can do with a custom gaming PC, I really want one! After doing a little research, I think I have come up with a pretty good gaming PC. I already have a monitor, keyboard, speakers, and a mouse, so I did not include those. Could you guys please let me know what you think of this setup? Will everything work well together? Also, with a PC like this, what can I expect as far as gaming-wise? Would I be able to play the newest games, and, if so, how long could I expect to be able to play the new games without having to upgrade something?
$25 -- LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
$90 -- RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
Buy a separate PSU such as one from Corsair, Antec, PC P&C, Seasonic, or OCZ. Do not use the bundled one! Also upgrading your graphics card is a must... check out the 4850-4890 depending on your resolution (which I don't see above). Finally, check out RAM with latencies in the 7-7-7-24 such as this from OCZ
Thanks for all the quick replies! I didn't even think about that with the IDE drive. I will definitely go SATA. Also, I actually don't have a monitor yet. I have a 720p projector and I am planning on buying a fairly low-end monitor off craigslist or something. I just want to be able to play all the great PC games that are out! Another big factor for me is that I'm a college student, so I don't have a lot to spend. Basically, I just want to game. I would love to go all out, but I just don't have a whole lot of money to work with. My main goals are to be able to play PC games for the next few years, and to keep it under $800. Is this feasible?