Hello everyone, I decided to come back to the gaming world and instead of buying a PC I decided to give it a try and build my first system.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possibleBUDGET RANGE: $1,000-1,200 (won't mind if it goes around $1,300) Any rebates if available but doesn't matter. SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Blu-Ray/DVD watching, Photoshop and other Adobe programs, Animation, Internet, e-mail.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like for the PC to be Intel based, HDD, I would like Western Digital.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, if possible 24" ones.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan to have 2 monitors on these system (for multitasking) and I would like to know if its possible to have 2 HDD (one exclusively for music and videos storage) and the other one for the OS and gaming?
This is what I have so far, feel free to make changes to fit my budget, since they exceed budget range:
Monitor: 2x ASUS VH242HL-P Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/height & swivel adjustment 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mainly choose this since they have the swivel option that I need for Dreamweaver when looking at code.
If you need to trim:
You could eliminate HSF and go with stock - saves $34
Get smaller graphics card
Get smaller PSU - the one selected should allow Crossfire - if sure you would never do this you can get a 500w version of the above - but only saves $15
HD - I gave you a 1 GB Seagate drive that is faster and gives your more space but is $10 more than your WD selection
Also I know you wanted a second drive - but will have to decided were to cut if you want it
Optical drive - will you really be burning many BluRay discs? If not go to a Blu-Ray reader only - maybe with DVD RW combo - and save about $50
One other thing to think about - you wanted 2 separate drives with OS and applications on one and music and videos. You can get at least some of the benefits of that by taking the one drive and making separate partitions so Windows will treat it just like 2 or more drives.
I used youir video card but agree you should try to get one with a little more power. However I disagree with the suggestion above to go to the i5-750 CPU since it lacks hyperthreading. Not a lot of games use it right now but I expect many more will start so it would be good to get now. However the THG recommendation in their review was also to go with the i5. I just think it is being a little short-sighted.
Thanks for the reply, I will probably just stick to one hard drive, making it a 1tb or so, and I wanted to know which video card would u recommend? I want to have 2-3 monitors in the future and apparently the one I want won't be enough if I want to do gaming with 2 monitors. Also how important would it be hyperthreading in the future? Does it make a big difference?
Which one would u recommend if I'm going for a 2 monitor setup, a poster above recommended a 5850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] eo%20Cards
is there one that you would recommend for an intel build (not sure if they are intel i7 compatible)