Hey everyone, first time poster here, love how you guys help each other out so I thought I would try here for some advice. This is my first build ever so go easy on me. I'm basically looking for a good gaming PC that will be able to max games for the next couple of years.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime in March, possibly April.
BUDGET RANGE: Anything below $2,000. I don't want to go above. Prefer to stay in the $1,800 range.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, internet browsing, school work.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and mouse.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (Since this is my first build I've never ordered parts before online and hear newegg as a good reputable dealer, which I prefer).
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't prefer one brand to another as I haven't ever gotten into building pc's until now.
OVERCLOCKING: Not within the first few months of building. Perhaps some time down the road.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Need a monitor, so whatever is best for my budget.
1)I'm curious if I need a sound card. As I've been researching, I keep hearing you don't need one. What are your guys' opinions on the subject? I use Bose Around Ear headphones if that helps at all.
2)I'm curious if a Radeon 5870 GPU is a lot better than the 5850 and if I should just go for the 5850 to save an extra $80 or so.
1) Generally you don't need a sound card unless you work with music or audio professionally, or if you are an audiophile. After listening to the onboard sound and you find that you aren't happy with it, that is the time to look for a soundcard.
2) It looks to me like your total as it is now is about $1700. So I would say that you have the money for it and it is probably worth getting over the 5850 if longevity is a factor.
3) No problem getting OEM windows. Tons of people buy OEM windows for themselves and never have any problems.
You should have a look at the combos that come with 5870s. I know that the Antec Earthwatts 750 ($110 with $15 rebate) is in a combo with two different 5870s.
I will say that you should consider either a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, as they are based on 500GB platters, so use less energy, produce less heat and noise, and generally perform better. Altho I have read some forum members state that the performance from the WD Caviar Black 1TB is very consistent and reliable over it's life, don't know if this makes them different to either the Samsung or Seagate, but nothing wrong with the WD, just the other two might be cheaper and those other aspects might appeal to you. Just realized you were talking about the 640. I think it's fair to say that it's the best 640GB harddrive, altho not as good as any of the other drives I was talking about.