APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:Within the next two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $500-$600 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media (web, photoshop, video, audio), Office/Internet, Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Monitor(two), Mouse, Speakers, DVD burner, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No particular website in mind, newegg, geeks, tiger are all fine.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
OVERCLOCKING: Not sure Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (Samsung 220wm)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is not my first time building a computer, however, that was several years ago. My current desktop is a Dell 4600 so just about everything will be an improvement. I'm not really up to date on current parts, and would like some help picking them out. The only games I ever play on the PC are Madden, Wolfenstein ET, and Half-life TF2(steam). However, that's probably 2-4 hours a week at most. I'd like the option to grow going forward so for example a better board is more important (to increase CPU, mem, run crossfire/sli) than a HOT new video card(as you can see from games). I'd prefer to stay less than $500 than over $600.
No it's not a great build. And no it won't support two monitors.
The problem with trying to get a $500 build is that if you need the OS, you're really building a $400 tower, which is next to impossible, much less with trying to get dual monitor support. The following is literally the cheapest build I can give you that supports two monitors and would still be great:
I think this is the best I could do! You can downgrade to an Athlon II X2 (Dual Core) to shave off maybe $20 from the price if you prefer! If you want 2 Monitor Support, get an ATI Radeon HD 5750 or higher +$50
Also, I got you the best Motherboard I could, especially for AMD Chips. Supports major overclocked RAM, runs smooth, quiet, expandable, etc. Don't worry about your Video Card either. It's the best price-performance card there is I believe. Can still hang with the big guys and is very easy on the wallet!
Guess I should have actually read that instead of skimming...
Necromentia's build isn't that great. First, it uses a lower quality PSU, which can be the death of a system. Second, it's got an older board in it. Not that it's a bad one, it's just not very current. Third, the RAM isn't exactly high quality or fast. Fourth, it's got a slow HDD. Fifth (and finally), it's got a lower performing older card.
I appreciate the posts and believe Necromentia was probably trying to stay in my "budget". Seems to get more "future-proof" my budget just simply has to increase.
MadAdmiral, thanks for pointing out those things. And yes I would prefer not to buy "older" stuff per say. Even if that means more, which it looks like, I'd rather spend more on MB that allows for growth (CPU/GPU/RAM) now and just build those up going forward.
MadAdmiral (or anyone offering suggestions) you had mentioned the first "build" as being a better one (that was borrowed from one of your post by the way). Would that be sufficient in what I hold important -upgrading in the future. I understand that everything has a ceiling of course. Also, would I need anything else? CPU Cooler, etc.?
It's a good future proofing build. The board has USB 3/SATA III ports, so once that tech comes into the mainstream, you can use it. It also has Crossfire support, and a big enough PSU to add a second card. The card supports DirectX 11, which isn't that important for non-heavy gamers, unless that one game you want to play uses it.
You dont' really need anything else. If you want to overclock, you'll need to pick up a good HSF, but you don't need that until you decide to start doing it.