Hello all. Been a longtime lurker / stumbling upon TH for quite some time & I can't believe I'm making my first post
Anyways, my last rig I built was ~2004 for HL:2. It has recently took a turn for the worse & I don't want to throw more money into it just to get it back up & running. So, here goes it. (not copying the template as it looks easier to read how I have it lol)
Approx. purchase date: End of Oct. 09 to mid Nov. 09 Budget range: ~$500 - $700 System usage: Gaming (Guildwars 2!!), surfing the net Parts not required: Case, monitor, keyboard / mouse, speakers Part preferences: Newegg only please Overclocking: Yes SLI / Crossfire: Mabe Monitor res: 1920 / 1080 Other: Windows 7 / Vista included. Would like SSD, but would raid 0 / 5 if it'd be worth purchasing more HD's as far as speed is concerned.
So far, I'm not too sure where to go w/ this build, but I'll list my ideas.
CPU: Intel Quad Q8200 -- Possibly OC'ing to ~2.8 or 3.0. This is where I probably need help the most as I'd like to go quad core if I could get the clock speed / similar performance of an E8400.
Mobo: I'm an Asus fanboy, but open to other options
Vid card: Toss up between a geforce 260 & a comparable ATI. Open to suggestion here.
Ram, CD / DVD burner, hard drives etc I'll probably go with whatever is cheap.
Ultimately, this build hinges on a few aspects:
* Is it worth going quad & OC'ing? Or would I be better off going the E8400 route? Or for that matter, considering my budget, would I be better off going w/ an AMD proc?
* Is it worth going the SSD route? How about raid 0 2 drives or raid 5 3 drives?