BUDGET RANGE: $1200-ish, however there is a little leeway
SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming, movies/streaming video, general internet surfing, 3D graphics/rendering
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All peripherals, OS (will be using Win7 64-bit), also I already have a 500 GB external HDD for storage, so a huge internal drive is not necessary
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com or similar reliable site
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but I can be persuaded either way
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1280x1024, but may be upgrading monitor within the next 12 months
I'd like this build to be good for several years with only a few upgrades to keep it going along the way. I'm currently gaming on a Dell laptop with a Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, and a Go 7900 GS, which I've had for 4 years. Thus, this will be a huge step up for me.
Another thing to note: This is my first ever build. I know they say it's real easy and everything, but just keep in mind that I'll probably go easy on overclocking and adjusting voltages and whatnot.
A friend recommended the following build, however he's never built a PC either, so I'm not even sure if all of the parts are compatible, much less good choices, haha.
Firstly, that Ram is not compatible with the rest of the system, so change that to DDR3 probably 1600Mhz with lowish latency/timings. Which will be around the $100 mark.
That power supply does not have enough power connectors for the 5870, you're looking for a PSU that has 2 6pin connectors. I'd say get a 600W unit. More if you're going to add another 5870 at some point, 750W should do a 5870 in crossfire.
You could probably spend less on a mobo, depends on what features you want with it.
Thanks for the tips. Again, I don't know much hardware stuff, so I appreciate you guys pointing out the little things I missed (like the fact that the RAM I linked wasn't compatible).
So, after some more research, here's what I've come up with. Are there any other improvements I can make?
Also, remember that I'm not entirely set on the graphics card or CPU, so if you think I'd be better off with a different CPU or graphics card, speak up. Also, I AM slightly under budget right now, so if I can do better for a little bit more cash, that's another possibility.