I am looking to Spend between $600 and $700, not including monitor.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hope to have the whole thing purchased within the week. bye the weekend
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, entertainment (movies, music, possible HTC in the future) surfing, home/work use. I really need a decent all around computer that can handle gaming. Did gaming years ago and would like to get back into it.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS. CPU, I just picked up my Phenom II x 3 720 Black box addition at Micro Center for 99.99
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, primarily as well as micro center.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Already have the processor, leaning towards a gigabyte MOB, and radeon video card.
OVERCLOCKING: Hopefully once I get my feet wet an get more comfortable with computers. So would like to have the potential to, maybe even trying to unlock that fourth core.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Haven't gotten that far yet.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A little background. I used to be fairly knowledgeable of computers but have found myself quite behind on what has been happening. My last computer purchase was over 5 years ago, an HP laptop after my previous (friend) built system got fried. I am typing from said HP. Needless to say my AMD Athlon 64 3200 with 512MB is way over due to be put out of her misery. I have no idea how it has lasted this long.
With that being said I need some help and have been spending the better part of the past three days glued to this site (and others) trying to catch up and figuring out what I need/want and think I have done a pretty good job.
I am building the system around the Phenom II x 3 720 Black Box addition which was purchased this evening.
memory: This is where I have hit a wall. There are a lot of options, I am looking at 4Gbs of ram for around $100, thinking DDR3 since there doesn't seem to be that much of a price difference with DDR2
DVD: Also not really sure, looking to spend between $20 and $30.
Monitor: I am looking for something between 21.5" 23". From what I have read Acer does a pretty good monitor. It also looks like I can expect to spend between $150 and $200 on the monitor, which is what I have put aside for my monitor budget which is not included in my original build budget.
I would greatly appreciate any input, recommendations and advise on what I need to do, especially since this is my very first build I am doing myself, and am quite the "newbie".