I'm looking to build a gaming PC in the range of $1000-$1200, and it's been more than half a decade since I paid attention to PC hardware. I'm pretty lost after spending a few hours on this site but the technical knowledge and helpfulness have encouraged me to post.
I tried to start out easy and was looking at combo deals on newegg and saw this one. I was wondering if there were any compatability issues, if it seemed like a decent setup for the price, and what PSU I should look for, or if I should just start from another angle.
Whoops, I originally asked for a link, but now I see that it was just well-tagged.
For starters, the drive looks suspect. Generally people are going to recommend the Samsung F3 Spinpoints, and the Seagate Baraccuda 7200.12s.
The standard reply on this site is going to be that if you're planning on spending over $600ish, you will get more bang for your buck building it yourself. I recommend starting with the stickies in the forum and reading through them (at least the recommended builds and how to ask for build help).
if you are talking about the one with the lexa and i5, yea its good. you could probably do better by having smaller combos, but it is ok. for 1200$ you can get a pretty high end AMD or a low end intel, both would perform about the same.
42% increase in price over a 5850 for ~15%-20% performance increase. Meh, not worth it IMO.
The build is a lot less than the $1200, but there really isn't much to change that'll give you a big boost in gaming performance w/o going over $1200. If you want the Comp for CPU intensive tasks you can consider getting a i7-860 instead which is basically the i5 w/ hyper threading so it has 8 threads.
Can budget in more money for some Caviar green 1.5tb if you need media storage space.
Won't help FPS in gaming, but it makes loading/booting and responsiveness of the system feel better. Anand Li Shimpi, probably most respected hardware reviewer in the world, considers it the single greatest upgrade to a computer system.
Yea the OCZ one works fine, but I don't like multi rail PSU's. They're more difficult to make a build with especially if you plan on Xfire since you have to manually balance +12v rails when cabling. Also with 4 rails this one is 4x as likely to fail as a single rail PSU =D
Really, though, not a huge diff, and if you really wanna save some money go for it.
Recommended to caviar green for media storage. Performance isn't a big deal for that purpose and that 1.5tb green is the best gb/dollar i can find atm.
If the 500gb boot isn't enough for your OS, Apps and games, then yea, get a 1 tb spinpoint f3.