I was asked these questions on another forum... I dunno if they're applicable, but who knows, they might help
1. Do you have a fry's or microcenter nearby?
Fry's < 20 miles... however, I would have to be saving a significant amount of money to do my shopping there. I'd prefer to do it online and all in one place (Newegg).
2. What is this PC going to be built for?
A little of everything I suppose. Day to day surfing, downloading, media burning, possibly light gaming, and poker. I don't know if it should be noted, but I plan on using my Sony 46Z4100 as a monitor via HDMI.
3. *** If Gaming... what resolution/monitor will you be using?
4. What is YOUR budget?
5. If YOU have any unreasonable brand preferences?
From what I've read, no Seagate...
6. Have YOU performed any research yet?
Some... but mostly window shopping.
7. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts?
8. If YOU plan on overclocking?
I think so... I want to delay obsolescence as long as possible
9. When do you plan to build it?
Sometime before the end of this month, preferably.
I'm building this in lieu of buying a new laptop. I do like the extensibility of a desktop. I planning on adding other things over time.I used to think I absolutely had to have the portability of a laptop, but I've realized I really don't... and if I ever need one, I'm going to get a netbook as a cheap, small, and hassle-free fill in.
I know this is pretty barebones for now and I'm sure there will be some bottlenecks, but I'd like to start something half decent and continue to build into it over time.
Please feel free to give any advice or thoughtful recommendations... I'd definitely appreciate it. I'd much rather do this the right way, the first time (and within budget!).
Price: $93.99 ($63.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card pdf)
RAM is where I could use a good recommendation if what I chose is completely wrong or just overall garbage. I hate cutting corners, but I don't mind doing it on something that is easily upgradable down the road. Helpful suggestions and advice is appreciated.
This one is a bit lost on me... not quite sure what to get. It seems there is a huge disparity in price some that are advertised as the same (or more) wattage. Helpful suggestions and advice is appreciated.
If anyone has any recommendations or advice on my power supply dilemma, I'd surely listen.
Still totally up in the air here. Flashing lights and windows aren't a necessity here (I don't care one way or another though), but I know I'd like something that will keep everything cool with overclocking a definite possibility. Helpful suggestions and advice is appreciated.
If I were to choose a power supply and a case, it adds up to about $565 shipped, give or a take a few bucks. How did I do? Any suggestions or advice?
A few more questions:
What is the best way to manage all the cables inside the computer? Mesh sleeving?
I purposely left out a video card, as the mobo has onboard video, but I would like to get one to add once I get everything off the ground -- any suggestions? I don't need a world-beater, but a nice blend of performance and price. Something under $120 shipped would be nice.
As it stands now (and when I get a video card), do I need more cooling?
Do I have a big enough power supply for future upgrades? Honestly, I don't think I plan on SLI or Crossfire... but who knows about anything else.
Also, I've become interested in a RAID array... is this something I can eventually do on the cheap (if I already had a handful drives)?
Not sure if you need an operating system, or if Newegg is still selling OEM copies of Windows individually. BUT you might be best off including a OEM copy of Windows in your wishlist. Otherwise video cards are becomming less power hungry, and a 500w should be more than enough for your PC's appitite. Over all not a bad initial build.