The CPU is not listed because I will be purchasing it from another website. It is a Core2Duo E8500
The reason that there is more than one type of hard drive listed is that I have not yet decided which I will be purchasing.
Critique and advice is welcomed on all parts, but I would especially like help with:
1. Monitor. It needs to be 1920x1200 and under $350. I am not sure which kind of monitor is optimal for gaming.
2. Power supply: As you can see I am going with a Radeon 4890 (although I may go for a 275 instead if there is a deal when I make the final purchase.) I am absolutely not going to be using more than one video card, and overclocking is a slight possibility in the future. Is my PSU enough? Is it overkill? I would like some other PSU recommendations so I can shop for deals when I make the final purchase.
Thanks for the replies so far. I've trimmed down the list a bit. The reason I'm going for a C2D build instead of an AMD platform is that I'm getting a really great saving on the CPU through another source. As for that other PSU, it's a bit more expensive than the one I have currently picked out, as long as I can run my 4890 on what I've got right now I'll probably stick with it.
And although 8 GB might be overkill, I might still go with it, just because it seems like RAM is one of those things you can never have enough of.
That PSU and case look like good options, especially since the case has free shipping. Comes out to more or less the same cost. I'm wondering about that RAM though, I don't know too much about RAM timing. Why is 4-4-4-12 better than 5-5-5-15? What does that actually mean? And will my motherboard support it?
Yes, I agree with the AMD build. Even though you are saving quite a bit on the CPU from your source there is no upgrade path whatsoever. For example, a year from now when you want to get a new CPU you would need a new motherboard and ram also. If you start with an AMD AM3 build now you would have a much better looking upgrade path.
Ok, drop the E8500 regardless of the deal you're getting. I'm only going to link the changes. I used the X3 720 because the 945 and 955 are out of stock. The 720 will still be a better option than the E8500. Add $80 for the 955 and you're still within your $1200 budget.
Yea agreed with fullmetal, you could actually pull off an i7 build for $1200 without skimping on parts. You can even get the i7 for $200 from microcenter if you have a local one near you and thats the same price as the 955be which is a steal!
You can not pull off a $1200 i7 build with everything in his list. Especially with a $300 monitor included. $1360ish shipped, that includes buying the i7 at Microcenter for $200. Not to mention this is a gaming PC. He'd never notice the difference, and will have spent a couple hundred extra $$.
The E8500 was already bought. It cost me $93. I doubt that AMD could offer a better deal. I would have gone for an i7 920 ($140) but the motherboard and DDR3 RAM are just too expensive. i7 platform is not cost effective at this time for gaming. I'm still considering my options for RAM/PSU/case.
Okay guys, thanks for all the advice. Here is what I ended up buying:
1 x COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
1 x GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
1 x XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
1 x PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500D 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
2 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
1 x Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black USB Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse - OEM
1 x SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
1 x Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna - Retail1 x Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
1 x Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen HDMI LCD Monitor - Retail
Right after I purchased this Nvidia came out with their deal of bundling Batman: Arkham Asylum with new cards. Had I waited a day (literally) I probably would have gone for the 275 GTX instead, but oh well.