APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Week of January 25, 2010
BUDGET RANGE: ~1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming first, everything else second
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: Sticking with AMD on this one
OVERCLOCKING: Never done it; maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the Future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Looking for Recommendations that would fit this build (under 200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My first major computer purchase (build) after 5 years and I wanted a decent computer for gaming that I can upgrade easily in the future. I want to run all the latest games at max and the ones that are coming down the line. I do need a wireless card in there because in my present circumstances i can't do a wired connection due to poor location choices for the phone jacks at my house. I've never build a computer before and I'm starting with this and would like to have everything that i would need before i start making the orders. Thank you so much!
These are my initially selected parts. Feel free to toss and add if it would be an improvement.
New TOTAL= w/o Rebates & taxes ($1031.76)
Previous TOTAL = w/o Rebates & taxes ($1062.81)
I'm still in the red here.
1) No one ever talks about sound cards as if they come built in. I don't know if the one i chose is ok or even compatible with the MOBO.
2)Is Thermal paste really necessary here?
3)Is the wireless card compatible with this build?
4)keyboard...can someone recommend one? i was thinking of the Logitech G110 but it's too pricey.
Look for combos to get yourself back under budget before dropping anything, altho you can drop the thermal paste now as a retail CPU comes with the thermal paste already applied, just make sure you don't remove it. Also have a lot for a DVD drive that has free shipping, and possibly for other components as well.
1. Onboard sound is pretty good these days, so it is entirely possible to skip it.
3. Not too sure on this one, but the motherboard does say it has two PCI slots, so it should be. ?
4. Don't know much about keyboards.
Your list looks good.
1> Try onboard sound. Its easy to add a sound card later if you find it inadequite. I cant tell the difference.
2> The stock heatsink will come with generic thermal goo. If you decide to overclock you will want to get a decent cooler like the coolermaster hyper 212 and then maybe invest in some good goo.
3> Yes, but you should consider geting a USB wireless adapter instead. Its so much easier to re-seat, remove or replace a USB adapter than to open the case up and fiddle with an internal card. Plus its easy to use on multiple systems or for an old laptop.
4> I always just use the cheapest keyboard I can find. Unless you are going to consistently play one character in one game at a high level and memorize programmed buttons I dont find expensive gaming keyboards or mice to be much benefit.
You guys are awesome, from the first to the last response. Thanks!
I'm going to edit my first post to match some feedback i've gotten. I'll go with the on board sound cards as suggested (i'm not really a sound nut anyways). Coming on as a bit too excessive and trying to cut cost as much as possible, i'll stick with a standard fair keyboard but anyone got any impressions on a couple?
@osu43130 - I do want to crossfire in the future, thanks!
@dndhatcher - Power supply? Bargain? Um, yes please! I do have a usb wireless adapter and it works great but it was pricey when i got it. I think i spent close to $80 on it...I'm not sure how much they are really going for now but I'll put that into heavier consideration.
Well for gaming, there's nothing wrong with CAS 9, but personally I would go for CAS 8 over CAS 9 if I was buying now. Considering that only the first three combos have free shipping with the RAM, and the 3rd one's voltage is a bit high, and that the other two are the same price I would agree.
Ok Thanks Silvune. I'm going to make the switch to the first combo deal. Well I'm planning on moving up the order date so any last opinions? What Graphics card should i get? All Three are great but I'm leaning towards the one irule9000 suggested because it's the cheapest.
EDIT: Those combo deals are no longer available O_O. I might just have to accept the facts that parts are just more expensive now.