Need help finalizing the parts list for my computer!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next three weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 0-400 USD not including graphics card, the lower the better
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School work, internet, movies, games
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (already bought asus 1080p 21.5 inch), hard drive, dvd burner
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe later if it starts to get slow
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build and I want it to last for 3-4 years for general tasks like word processing, internet, and movie watching as play games well with no upgrades for the next two years. For graphics I'm leaning towards the ATI 4870 and the GTX 260, not sure which one is the better card. Might increase ram later. Just looking for any opinions on how to make the computer better/trim cost some more.
Forgot to ask, should I wait a little till i5 is released? Most of the AMD cpus I saw on Newegg seemed to have had major price cuts recently probably to help them compete, would those prices be slashed even more when intel releases the cheaper i5? Also is it worth it to wait for an affordable dx11 compatible card or is it better to just buy now?
Wow that was a quick reply, will that case have good cooling, it says it only comes with 1 fan (1 extra optional)?
I didn't mean that the i5 would fall into my price range I just thought that since many of amds cpus are priced very closely to each other that they'd reduce the most expensive ones to compete. Which would end up lowering the price of their cheaper cpus to maintain the price difference.
We dont know where the i5 will fall performancewise, nor do we know what it will do to the pricing scheme, the AMD processors are a pretty good value right now and they may stay the same if they perform on par with the i5's.
If you have a bit extra to spend, most things will appreciate a jump from 2GB of ram up to 4GB.