I'm thinking of building a PC, again. It will be my first build & my knowledge is limited. I have a few people who are willing to help me out though.
This system will mainly be used for gaming. I would like to build one for $800-$1000.
I'm having trouble figuring out what MB to get. I would like to OC at some point. I just don't know what I don't or do need. Will I need DDR3 RAM or not?
Here's what I've got so far...
CPU- Intel C2 Quad Q9650 $324.99 (Newegg)
GPU- EVGA Geforce GTX275 $309.99 (Newegg)
I'd like to have a velociraptor HDD but I'm gonna be over budget as it is. Already at $635. I'm thinking of going with a WD caviar blue 500GB $79.99 which would put me at about $715. Still need case, maybe a cooling fan, thermal paste, optical drive, & the MB.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I can use XP & kb/mouse I have but other than that I want all new.
Raptors have been outdated. New 500GB 7200RPM HDDs are faster than old velociraptors (like the samsung F3 500GB/1TB). Everyone who used to use velociraptors now uses SSDs for boot drives, but they are still evolving pretty rapidly so I have not jumped in and got one yet.
Caviar blue is "cool & quiet", not the performance drive you want to boot on. The Samsung F3 ares linked is great.
I generally like Ares build, other than the power supply is not 80+ certified and I am not sure about thermaltakes power supply quality. I stick to Antec or Corsair (or seasonic, pc power & cooling) 80+ certified power supplies since poor power makes a system run flaky and bad power can damage other parts.
i was so close to putting in the 300, but the azza just has it beat. it is unfortunate azza is such an unknown company, they make some great cases. thermaltakes makes good psus, and for free, i would take that anyday. there was an extra 100$, so you could get a antec or corsair if you'd like.
I couldnt find that exact PSU, but the 750W model got a good review with stable voltages; for free its a great value.
The Azza case you linked is very similar to the 300, with a different door and only one front fan. The 300 illusion has so much front fan space relative to its size for great airflow across the whole motherboard. When its down at $55 its hard to beat.
Wow, I was really looking to build an intel system & an Invidia GPU but I'm not gonna argue with this build at all. Very nice! Alot better bang for my $$$.
Thanks dndhatcher for the HDD info & ares for the build. Very sweet case for the $.
Would I be good with my XP 32bit OS or should I be looking to get Win7 64bit?
What does "Bare Drive" mean on that HDD description?