I am stressing out very bad about buying a computer before christmas.
I need to buy a desktop computer for not much more than $1200 usd.
I need the pc to be future proof meaning that I can use it for years to come or at least upgrade it because I won't be able to afford a new one for a few years.
I'll be using this pc mainly for gaming. (fallout 3, oblivion, crysis, dragon age, world of warcraft, warcraft 3, etc)
I'll also be browsing the internet, checking and sending email, youtube, music, IM'ing, and etc.
I like to have itunes running in the background when I'm playing games or browsing the internet.
I'm probably going to buy the parts individually and build it myself because I'm so paranoid.
If not I'll buy it from ecollegepc.com or ibuypower.com unless another website is recommended.
I'd like to stick with intel processors.
So with those thoughts in mind please build me a future proof gaming pc that will last me for years to come!
Just post the specs and etc. here.
Also, I've never built a computer before, is it a bad idea for me to buy all the parts off newegg.com and build one myself?
And I heard i5's can't be upgraded as easily as quad cores, is that true? Because I need it to be upgradeable.
Thanks to everyone who helps, I'm not very smart at these sorts of things.
If you check the latest benchmarks you'll see that the "crappy" Samsung drives are faster than the WD Black drives due to a single 500GB platter vs two 320GB platters. I don't know where you come up with "250mb more space". 640GB vs. 500GB = 140GB difference.
I'm only testing out the Samsung F3 because I wanted to see for myself how fast they were and if they lived up to what the benchmarks were saying.
I gotta tell you, they are fast. I got'em when they were $48 shipped from Zip Zoom Fly. After the benchmarks came out, they've been selling out fast.
I still like WD Blacks because of the 5 year warranty, but I would put these Samsung drives right up there with the WD Blacks. Seagate sucks.
If you got spare money laying around, like me, try them for your self. After having 4 of the F3s in Raid-0, I have set my WD Blacks aside until I have a failure. The performance still doesn't beat a single Intel SSD X25-M. I would take the SSD over any hard drive.
using newegg to find these components (since you didnt really specify what you wanted, I did not include CD/DVD/Blu Ray drives you will have to find that on your own or specify what it is you are looking for)..
I already did....earlier in the thread. They're back in stock at Zip Zoom Fly
Case -- $89 -- Raidmax Smilodon (built my old man a PC with one of these, it was very easy to use/install parts and looks rather decent, and has decent airflow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811156098
PSU -- 500W included (easily upgradeable)
Raidmax makes crappy power supply. You'll be sorry when your computer starts shutting down for no reason.
Yes, Masterasia--they are probably in stock in a few places; however I just snagged all the parts from newegg so it could all be shipped as one to save on shipping and to make it a bit easier.
I don't expect him to get those exact parts--it is more of a guideline to assist his build.
Raidmax just uses OEM supplies IIRC, as do a lot of companies. They slap a sticker on it, and call it their own. If you dont like em, swap it out easily as I suggested (and left room in the budget for).