SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-tasking, interwebz surfing, movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Peripherals
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg ftw! I'm in the US.
OVERCLOCKING: NO SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 x2
Hi again everyone. I built myself a gaming rig at the beginning of the summer and the advice from this forum was invaluable. Now I'm putting together a build for a friend and I'm back for more advice.
My friend (and boss; better not screw it up!) is upgrading from an older Dell. He doesn't really have any specific needs except: It must drive two 24" LCDs at 1920x1200, it needs lots of storage space. Other than that, he just wants the "best" computer I can build him for a max of $1500. He isn't a gamer, but would still like it to be able to play the latest titles. This thread is actually pretty similar to my situation. "High mainstream/low enthusiast" is where he wants this rig to be. I expressed to him that this is probably way more computer than he needs, but he's fine with that, he wants it to be reasonably future proof. He's not super tech savvy, hence why I'm helping with this build, so he wont be doing any overclocking or anything.
Here's what I got, lemme know what you guys think:
Yeah, I'm just not sure about the video card. It's probably one of those things where he says he wants to be able to play games, but never actually will. So, I erred on the low side.
I went with a modular PSU because I bought a non-modular Corsair with my build and dealing with all the unused cables was a pain in the butt. Convenience, really, is the answer to the question.
I'm probably not going to put them in RAID. He just wants a ton of space. I went with those WDs for speed and reliability and because my WD HDDs have always treated me well. I don't have any experience with Samsung drives. Why is it so much cheaper?
Perhaps, I like Sapphire and XFX personally. XFX has that wicked double lifetime warranty. and Sapphire has the Vapor-X models and some really great tech put into their cards. But I believe all 5770's currently are reference models, so they should all be the same. I'd shoot for the cheapest with the best warranty if at all possible.