I’m building a machine for the first time in about 4-5 years so, yeah, it has been a while. I had 2 little boys since and they sucked up most of my money. Well my father-in-law wants me to build him a machine for gaming and general purpose. I will be using this build as a template for a build I would like to do in Dec/Jan. I have been researching some over the past month to get my self back up to date as to what is out there. I put some part together but still need suggestions (particularly on the motherboard and RAM) as if these parts will work together well and any other suggestions you might have.
He has given me a 1500 dollar budget but that is a little flexible
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE & BUDGET:
Next couple of weeks…again about 1500 dollars but that is a little flexible
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming…….after that general purpose, surfing the internet, excel spreadsheets…nothing major like video editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Pretty much everything is required…..but I can pick out the keyboard, mouse…but if you have suggestions please feel free to let me know.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Newegg but any major internet dealer will do……I’m in the U.S.
I know I want Intel over AMD….other then that no preferences…I’ve used MSI motherboards in the past and liked them. I also would like to keep the ATI 5870 on my list
No….he will not know what to do if something goes wrong so I will not be overclocking this for him nor will he be using Crossfire or SLI….single card solution. I on the other hand will be overclocking mine when I build it….but that is for a different time.
I’m looking at 1920 x 1080 monitor right now because he may want to watch Blu-Ray movies
That comes out to about 1300 dollars....like i said though i need motherboard suggestions and RAM...i'll be talking to him about if he really needs a Blu-Ray player (which i do not think he does) or not in the next couple of days since i will see him.
I realize some of these are out of stock but I’ll waiting for some to come back to purchase….especially the monitor there.
well i think he wanted to burn disc's straight from another disc without coping the data to a hard drive first...but i still need to talk to him about that.
thanks for the motherboard and RAM suggestions.....if i wanted to give him more ram i need to still do it in pairs right? so then 8 gigs total? i know he will not need that much but i'm also trying to future proof this thing for him as well.
The 932 would be an excellent choice, a full tower gives you a lot more room to work on the inside, but a mid-tower case leaves a smaller footprint in the room. It really depends on which case you find the most aesthetically pleasing. Also, getting your father-in-law's opinion after you've narrowed it down might not be a bad idea either.
new machine was put together this past weekend and so far is running great....my father-in-law will love it......he lives about 3 hours from me though so i think i'm going to need to "break" it in and test it for a while to make sure everything is running well.