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.
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?