I'm a first timer at this stuff. I would like to build a new system to replace my 4-year-old system XD.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner, the better~
BUDGET RANGE: about US$1200, might go up a bit higher if really needed.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Game mostly, MMORPG
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com probably, seem like the best.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I will buy a Intel i7 920 for $199 at Micro Center. Either full size or mid size tower, whichever fits my usage best.~
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I might overclock just a tiny bit, under the safe line.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if it fits my usage best. Not a main priority, but also like to have the option available when the opportunity arises.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23.6" LCD, 1920x1080, full HP it seems. I also will sometimes connect it to my 63" Plasma, I don't think that will make a difference though. I'm not too sure.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would mainly use this computer to play MMORPG, especially Aion online. So I would like the build to be able to handle massive amount of people on the screen at the same time. My internet connection speed is roughly 20mbps. I hope to get as little lag as possible during a huge raid, siege with 100+ people on the screen.
I saw other build for around the same as my budget. But most people use it to play intense 3D game like Crysis, and I'm not sure if it is the same as MMORPG. So I just have to make a new thread and ask for advice. I apologize if it is the same basically XD
Thank you all in advance for advice~
PS: Since this will be the first time I build a computer, it would be great if you can show me the complete list of those extra things like thermal grease and what not. I work as a laptop motherboard technician, so I don't know those extra bitty thing when putting a desktop together. Thanks again~
Processor: Intel i7 920 2.66Ghz, Micro Center, $200 (read some bad reviews about this site, but it is pick up at store, and in original box. So if it turn out to be lemon, I'll just buy it from newegg I supposed XD)
Are you kidding me? You are a laptop motherboard technician and you are on a forum asking for advice on building a desktop? This is shocking
Laptop motherboard is different than desktop one. In my line of repair, each type of motherboard requires specific processor, and specific video card type if they don't have a integrated video chip. You don't have much freedom in choosing the components.
The reason I'm asking for advice is that I saw a HP desktop with i7 920, 9GB ram, 1gb HD 4850, 750GB HD, for US$1000 roughly. So I want to see which is cheaper, buy it or build it myself.
Sorry for the delay, I would go with the Xigmatek Dark Knight heatsink fan, and either the 4890 or the GTX 275 at your resolution. See link above for the 4890 (which I personally prefer). For your information you can both do both Crossfire and SLI on your motherboard.
Is there any difference between XFX and the MSI version of the GPU?
Can you check the current build viva the wish list to see if there is any incompatibility among the components? I gonna buy a mid size case. The monitor is in the list because it replace the i7 processor to reflect the price. Do I need anything extra like extend cable or the like?
Media: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
GPU: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail (I don't really mind the rebate, and this one has better review than the MSI)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... -