SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/Media sharing (Music & Video Shared to PS3)/Output Video & Sound to 1080P LCD TV Which Outputs to 6 Channel Surround)/Surfing Internet/Recreational
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor/Input Devices/Sound Devices
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com/amazon.com/xoxide.com (Specialty Equipment)
PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid-Tower/Modular PSU/AMD CPU (Experience With AMD)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Learning Process)
SLI/CROSSFIRE: Didn't Seem Necessary?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 VGA LCD (Looking to Upgrade Soon)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Medieval II Total War was placed on the order for convenience and doesn't warrant any critique for this build. What I am hoping to learn from this build is how in the future I can maximizing performance by filtering out parts that aren't all that cracked up to be. PSU was Wattage was chosen based on the Newegg Power Calculator. Some examples I ran through in my head were ddr3 v. ddr2, to much or to little GPU horsepower, quad-core v. dual-core, and 16MB HD Cache v. $20 more 32MB Cache (WD Blue & WD Black editions). The build was intended to be a gaming PC keeping it as low as possible in cost without sacrificing quality. More Specifically with the usage, my game intentions to push the PC's limits with are RTS games. Dawn of War II series, Supreme Commander, Napoleon Total war, for some examples. I prefer higher resolutions for RTS so I can manage the game more effectively if that helps in the GPU area. The FPS games that I play are older like the Counter strike series so I didn't take that into consideration. I multi-task alot on a PC but I didn't know if a quad-core or a dual-core would provide best performance regarding the gaming/mutli-tasking PC lifestyle I have. I had a choice of a 3.2 AM3 dual-core w/ L3 Caches pricing very similar to the quad-core listed below. One of my main concerns was dealing with the ddr3 memory and adjusting with the ram timings, which I have proactively read Tom's Forums to make that, hopefully, pain free. I also read Tom's Forums for the GPU I used for this build. Prices aren't a big deal here because discounts change often with newegg, but I did try to maintain that $800 "gaming rig" budget. If I could get some tips on how this system build could be tweaked for the better I would greatly appreciate the help for all future builds and upgrades to come
Thanks in Advance & If You Have Any Questions Feel Free to Email
I ordered the cable because I wasn't sure if an open box mobo will include one. I also am looking at buying a new monitor for this build in about a week. On newegg this is what I filtered my choices down too.