OK so I have decided to build my own PC for the first time. I am very new to computer hardware and am looking for some advice so I can have a starting point on what to research.
First of all I mainly use programs like winRAR, QuickPAR and other video extracting software. I do a lot of Video downloading and watching. So obviously I want a PC that I can hook up a 1080p tv to and get 1080p resolution.
I play some mediocre games but nothing too graphic intense.
I had my heart set on an i7 processor because I heard they run programs like WinRAR a lot faster than other cpu's and I've read some threads about the 860 vs the 920 and the motherboard and upgradability difference etc. I've also been looking at some of the Q8300, Q9400 etc.... I'm not so worried about upgradability as I am lasting performance on the motherboard since I'll probably only upgrade once every 5 or so years.... so of the i7's I think the 860 would be my choice... Input? and the reason I was thinking Q9400 is the DDR2 ram... way less expensive and from what I've found not a big difference from DDR3
I am on a budget but I don't think it will be too big of an issue since I don't use my PC for anything too intense. Should I even go Quad core for what I use it for?
Anyways, the advice I'm kinda looking for is:
What is a list of all the items I'll need hardware wise? (motherboard, processor, case, hard drive etc...)
What are compatibility issues I should watch out for?
Any Suggestions on sites to use for parts? (tigerdirect, newegg etc?)
SO here's some specs I'd like to hit:
Fast Enough processor to handle my movie unzipping, converting and 1080p res (not even sure if the processor makes a dif with the 1080p crap)
at least 4GB of ram (DDR2 or DDR3, dual or tri channel)
1GB video card that can handle the movie stuff
hard drive not so worried about as 500GB of external storage is only about $60
a nice dvd burner etc.
I know it's all a little vague (like I said I'm still new to the hardware stuff) but any advice/input would be greatly appreciated
first go to homebuilt section where there are guides to what you need second we need an exact budget you have. 3rd i would go with newegg for most your purchases they are fast shipping and generally the best deals around.