After posting my first build, I've finally come to what I feel is is close to my final build. In my original post, I was debating whether to reuse some parts from my old system, but I've decided to build a brand new system with the future in mind. The old system will become a linux box I can play with and a memento to my first ever built pc .
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometimes this week BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) ~$1000 before rebates, Would like to stay below, but won't mind either if I go above a little for better quality/performance.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Casual/Light gaming (Dragon Age, Wow)
Photoshop/Lightroom/Web design - I have one question with this. My build is AMD. Could someone kindly show me an equivalent Intel Build? I'm asking as I've read that Intel > AMD when it comes to intensive photo-editing/video-editing activities. I assume I would only need to swap out the Mobo and CPU from my build below with Intel equivalent?
Watching Blu Ray/streaming netflix
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor). Looking to dual-monitor in the near future, but this is not included in the budget right now. I also already have Window 7 64 pro.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I need to order from Amazon to take advantage of their Super Saver Shipping. With the system I've put together below, I have a total of $220.34 of savings by ordering from Amazon (Newegg is charging me $150 for shipping T_T as well as some of the parts from Amazon are cheaper and have similar rebates.) On top of that, the money I'm saving with shipping I figure I can use to get more ram or just save it for my dual monitor setup.
PARTS PREFERENCES: My first system was AMD, and so I am sticking to that CPU brand. With that said, I would be very thankful if someone could show me an alternative Intel setup comparable to my build and perhaps persuade me for Intel . I've chosen Asus mobo (from great past experience), but if there's one better (and can be found on Amazon and is more affordable), then I'lll definitely look into it.
OVERCLOCKING: I want to try, but I am a noobie SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now. But I would like to in the future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680x1050, 1920x1080) - Right now I have a 1280 x 1024,which I'll be using until I save up for my dula-monitor setup. Once I have enough moolah, I'd love to set up 3840 x 1080.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I also chose these parts as I've read one or two reviews praising their noise levels. I still have nightmares of my roomate's VERY loud desktop from college. Also, this new PC will be closer to my bed than my previous desktop and I plan on keeping it on even when I sleep. Of course that will quickly change if this produces too much noise. Also, I did not bother listing anymore case fans. Do I need anymore? Lastly, although my Amazon final is < $1000, adding a pair of RAM will probably get this past $1000. Is there anything I can change to bring this down without significantly losing out on performance?
I've been really addicted to getting my system together, especially in the last couple of days, and this forum has definitely been very helpful, as seen from older posts, so thank you all! I look forward to a reply!
Thank you for the quick reply. As you suggested, I've gone ahead and changed the Mobo, CPU, and HSF.
I have a few questions on the rest.
PSU - If i were to ever upgrade to HD 5850 and above OR decide to crossfire, will 650 still be enough?
Bluray - REason for picking this up is so I have the convenience to watch bluray from the comfort of my bed. I have a bluray player in my living room, but tv its attached to is being hogged by family members (which is no big deal since I'm on my computer anyways). So buying this is more for the convenience factor If I pick up a 23" 1923 x 1080 monitor, will this justify the purchase? If not, I'll just pick up the Lite-On IHAS424-98 (the cheaper lite-on from newegg is more expensive on Amazon)
RAM - As for ram, thank you for the suggestions. I will probably pick up the ram from newegg as I can't find any well reviewed CAS Latency 7 on Amazon.
Again, thank you for your suggestions. I'll be following this thread closely
Yes. 650W would be enough power for even Crossfiring 5850s. The problem is that many 650W units don't have the right number of PCIe connectors, so you may have to buy adapters. If you want to try Crossfiring 5870s, then you might start having power issues...
BR: I wouldn't say never buy a BR drive, I'm just saying wait on it. The prices will come down a lot, and an optical drive is something that is very, very easy to install.
RAM: It doesn't have to have good user reviews. My opinion of user reviews (and many, many others on these forums) is that they are basically worthless. I fyou find some G.Skill, Mushkin, or Corsair sticks on Amazon, they are going to be good quality.
To go with admiral's opinion on reviews, check the date on the reviews too. Some products have compatibility issues when first released and get a bad rating but you should really check reviews within the couple months because sometimes the problem that happened 4+ months ago is probably fixed. Also, lots of people give one star or egg (on newegg) because their product was DOA which isnt a reflection of the products quality, the product they received was faulty or broken. But dont ignore them either and check and see how recent the DOAs are too.
Just look to see how recent the reviews are and those companies Admiral listed are the most trusted RAM products.
Sorry for coming back to this. but It looks like Amazon only has CAS 9 sticks. Is this good enough or should I go for CAS 7 Latency cards? If the latter, then I think I can go with Newegg for them memory sticks