hey guys, started reading a bunch of the posts regarding custom builds after my comp crashed (6-5 year old p4 2.33ghz, 1.5gb ram, 1tb hdd, and 180gb, 64mb radeon graphic card). pretty sure the motherboard fried... anyways...
my background/preferences - not a gamer, because my old system couldnt handle sh*t...but maybe interested in joining the FPS community. this comp would be mainly used for web browsing, music editing (a little bit), loads of media (mostly music) and want to venture into the realm of making my pc a dvr and media center)
i dont need - hdd's (have 180gb with winxp, 2 1TB drives (1 hold all my music and media and the other one had trouble installing a day or 2 before the crash)), mouse & keyboard, monitor (24 inch acer), tower (going to use my old one for a few months until i pay off most of this build)
budget - i really dont want to break the bank on this build and my budget i want to keep between $600-$700
so far i have the following on my list:
processor - i5 750 from micro center - $160 (set on this chip as i do not want to spend more on the chip, mobo, and ram)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Voted Best Power Supply Manufacturer by Custom PC 2008
($79.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
Free Shipping* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Grand Total: $705.50
Like I said i cant recomend you less than that, I strongly advise you go with this. good luck!
there is a marginal difference between 1600 and 2000 ram the main factor in ram performance is the cas latency or timings of the ram the asus is better due to it having the second pci slot running at x8 for more effective dual graphics card setup instead of the gigabyte's second pci slot running at x4
yes thanks obsidian, actually its just as obsidian said, there isn't a difference between memory 1600 and 1800, and the Asus its better due to the standards, meaning that it isn't a budget board, it comes with all features that EVO version come except for dual gigabyte LAN, but that isn't need it.
Good luck, keep us posted when you get the build, looking forward to it..
ya the cooler is also a good option, and if that leave with money for a better video card even better, here go for this one instead
SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$10 off with promo code EMCMLLT73, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
make sure to use the promo code to save 10 but have to buy before monday because thats when it expire.
may be not such a good idea to use a old case, because if you eventually want to go for looks then it will be a royal pain moving everything (mobo, psu, 3.5"s) to a new case. Also pretty impressed by ur build