I've recently decided that I wanted to try my hand at building my first computer system. A couple days ago my 4850 melted on my old tower, and instead of replacing the GPU on an older machine, I thought I might upgrade the whole rig. My budget is ~$1000 and I want to be able to play games at a 1920x1080 resolution.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: < 1 month
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, MW2, DA , FPS' and RPGs), Videos, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, HDD (WD Caviar Black 1TB), OS (Win 7 64bit Pro)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
OVERCLOCKING: Not necessary
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Case with good cooling is important. The computer will get decent airflow, but it is not the most open space available. Also trying to keep the cost down. Also, I'd like the case to have a window.
With all that said, these are the parts I picked out myself (but please be easy, this is the first time I've attempted something like this.)
CASE & PSU
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Now I'm willing to cut costs, or buy a better product if it isn't way out of my budget/price range, and even though I did my best making this list. I know I prolly made a dumb mistake with compatibility somewhere. Also, I didn't include any aftermarket coolers or anything, although I believe that I will need them since the environment my computer is in gets quite hot.
Thanks in advance for any advice anyone has for me.
Well, that's embarrasing. Thanks for picking up on that one. So thats a decent machine? I'm not looking for screaming performance, but I want to be able to run most games well, and have it last for me at least a while.
The Antec 902 is not a tiny case. It will handle that system fine. The 922 is often a bit cheaper. If you go with a 5850 it would even fit in an Antec 300 illusion, but the 5870 requires a large case like the 900/902 or HAF 922.
After looking at both cases, I'm having a hard time deciding between them. I had chosen the Antec because it was recommended to me as a case with really good airflow. The HAF also looks really nice though, and I like the ability to turn off the leds on the front. Despite it not having a "real" window.
The Antec seems to have more fans though. Since this is my first computer I'm going to build, I'm not really sure which one to choose. I don't have any experience wiring things up in my PC (other than the minor upgrades I've done over the years)
After computing shipping and taxes, this brings me over $1100, and I was hoping to stay under that mark. If I swap the 5870 for a 5850 am I going to see a noticeable drop in performance? It might be worth it for me saving that $100.