Hey guys, I'll be building a new system in about a week, and I'm fairly sure about my components, but I just wanted a second opinion from some people who are more knowledgeable about the recent products. Also wanted to make sure all parts and voltages were compatible, if you know what I mean. Any recommendations/suggestions you have, reply away.
Purchase Date: This week.
Parts not required: case, PSU (have brand new case + Earthwatts 650 lying in wait), mouse, keyboard.
System Usage: gaming, school, web surfing, some multimedia editing.
Country of Origin: USA
Preferred Website: As long as it's reputable, it's good by me. I used Newegg for most of my generated parts list, but that was for convenience. I'll buy it where it's cheaper when the time comes.
OC: Yes, processor is more important, graphics maybe later
Monitor Resolution: I'd like to have at least 1920x1080 capability
My build so far:
CPU: Intel i5 750 2.66 quad-core cpu - somewhere around $190-200
I still need a HDD and a monitor. I really only need a 500 gb HDD right now, so I'll assume it's about $55. That brings me to around $850. A monitor I want will be around $150-$200, so I need to shave a bit of costs where I can, if anybody has any suggestions.
Here's a couple monitors I was looking at; hopefully some of you have an opinion on these as well. They're for gaming too, mind you.
final price is 955.91, and it has a great monitor included. it is about the same, maybe a little faster or better here and there, like the mobo, cpu cooler, but the best feature is that it is 50$ under your budget, rather than 50 over, so you can either play with the extra 50 to get better things, or just keep it and save up for another house anyway, hope this helped...
That ram/gpu combo has got ram with some fairly shaky reviews....I was hoping to buy something a little more reliable out of the box. Any other suggestions? I do like the mobo + cpu combo, I may go with that one.
believe me, i have used that ram plenty of times, and not a single problem...half of the time on newegg, people posting bad reviews are because:
they broke the product themselves
they didnt get a mail in rebate
they thought it cost to much
they dont know what they are talking about
shipping was late or expensive
so you can see why i wouldnt take newegg reviews to be worth that much...you can get a different set, but it would likely cost the extra 50$, since it has a 20$ mir, and comes comboed with just about everything...if you reallyyyyyyy want to do it, just look into g.skill, or corsair, and make sure it has low timings (7-7-7-) and below 1.65 volts, like these:
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
The samsung Spinpoint F3 has been off and on the last couple days on newegg. I just emailed them and they said they should be getting a new shipment of them(500gb, 1tb and 1.5tb) early this week. If you cant wait then ebay has the 500gb $55 shipped http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SAMSUNG-Spinpoint-F3-HD502HJ-50...
I almost forgot...do most components (i.e. dvd burner, hard drive) come with the SATA cables? I don't want to be completely pissed when everything arrives by having no cables......also, is there anything else needed for a PCIe card? Only thing I can see so far is the monitor needs an hdmi cable, and I'll pick that up for sure.