Hi, I would appreciate the community reviewing my choices for my very first build. The parts that I could use the most advice on are the Mobo, PSU, and maybe optical drive (although I will welcome all opinions).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around Oct. 22 (I just want to clean install Win 7 on it) BUDGET RANGE: <$1100 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Working at home (VNCs), gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, maybe keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Although I may look into a better wireless mouse/keyboard combo later
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but can use others. I do have a Micro Center not far away COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
10. Windows 7 Pro Student edition (full copy), already pre-ordered through calling MS Store - $33
Total: $921 - $40 MIR if I get lower cost PSU and Mobo.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (not at first), if I do I probably won't do any over-volting (I haven't OC-ed before). SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (definitely not at first, but at least want option to later)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
This build is an upgrade from my current P4 2.6 Ghz Dell. Getting long in the tooth.
I'm just going with a Radeon HD 4850 vid card for now since I will later get a HD 5850 (maybe in 4-6 months) and move the 4850 into a budget build I will be doing about then. The 5850 will have to come down in price by almost 50% and then I'd consider doing a Crossfire setup. For the 4850, would like one that's quiet and more power efficient.
Does my PSU have enough wattage for what I want? Is it worth it to go modular?
For Mobo, I don't think I'll need SLI, I probably stick to ATI vid cards. I would like eSata or Firewire since I use external drives for backup.
As for optical drive, I'm not sure I'll use LightScribe. Just want it to be quiet and work well.
--10/12 edit, got my Win 7 questions answered
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Thanks for the info on Win 7. I think I'll call the MS Store tomorrow to ask to get a full version of Win 7 Pro x64. If only it were 9 years ago I could get Win 7 through MSDNAA, but I don't have my CSE account anymore.
On another note, does anyone have any comments on my Mobo, PSU, or other choices?