Hey all, this is my final build...I think. I've never built a PC before but this is the only way I can afford what I want so I will grab the help of a tech-savvy buddy and try to put this thing together. It's time for an upgrade after using a mac for too long and I'm dying to play some MMORPGs as well as FPS's. I also need it for school. This comes out to exactly $998.02 with shipping and before rebates so it matches my budget to a tee. I just need to make sure all these parts are compatible and fairly easy to make work. Also, any last minute suggestions are welcome. Thanks for looking!!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $800-1000 including monitor and shipping.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the web, music/movies, homework.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, and speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/Nvidia for driver purposes.
OVERCLOCKING: Would like to learn more and go for it
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe but not any time in the near future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 I believe..
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just need something current and able to play games at high settings. Also prefer fast multi-tasking. Built with an emphasis on graphics and speed out of the box, not necessarily plans to crossfire or much else. Would like to go without upgrades for at least 2-3 years...
Rosewill bad. The corsair 750 will cost you a bit more but is significantly better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get a SATA dvd burner, IDE cables are short these days sata cables are easier to work with. Any reason for the over priced GTX260? Are you doing MIRs? if not then for $10 more you can get a 4890 which will beat it out, or you can just get a normal one for significantly less and OC it yourself.
Ok how about this setup then? It's only 50 more dollars for a grand total of $1,050. Will the 650w Corsair be good enough? I didn't list the combos that were included but there is a couple on there. Also upgraded the dvd burner just a bit.
the 650 will be plenty since you cant run more than one card. Are you going to be doing MIR's? If so then that GPU is fine, nVidia GPUs just always throw me for a loop because they are more expensive than their ATI counter parts.
That sata burner is fine, im really annoyed that all of the cheaper parts are sold out right now, there had been good sata burners for $25 and ram for $65 but it seems those days are done.
Mail in rebates, sorry about that its just alot faster to type when you type it dozen of times it adds up. You only need to buy an aftermarket cooler and thermal paste if you intend to overclock, if not then the stock cooler will work fine, its rather hefty.
pretty alright system you put together, since this is your first time.
i agree with hunter315 suggestions, he beat me to it
i would suggest taking another look at your monitor choice, acer is not that great for a gaming monitor. maybe go to a local store and look at some monitors or wait for more expert advices or read reviews about monitors