So, im graduating from UGA and i want to build myself a computer. I have a general idea of what want but, since im a first timer, i wanted input and advice to see if im falling into any pitfalls or if my build is unbalanced.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid July.
BUDGET RANGE: MAX $800 after tax and rebates without the HDTV monitor. $250-270 for the TV.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Guild Wars 2 ftw ), photoshop, Blu-ray/Movie playing, basic computing and office work.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, microcenter.com, buy.com in the USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I really like AMD's cheap and everyday user campaign but other than that....
OVERCLOCKING: Yes - but not extensive
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes - in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 I plan on purchasing a 24" 1080p LCD HDTV as a monitor.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Heres what i have so far, let me know. I dont necessarily need the card reader either.
Are you sure you are going to use the Blu-Ray drive? Try for a 790x or 790fx motherboard. The Gx have built in graphics, so its sort of a waste. Also, G.skill ram is a good alternative to Corsair. If you combo up some things the right way, you can easily get yourself a 5830 or even 5850 in there.
That POS power supply has got to go. You absolutely can't try to save a buck on the PSU if you want a long-lasting stable system. You should stick to the known quality PSU manufacturers like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, etc... Is your budget flexible at all? Here's one that's just slightly over budget.
You're really asking a lot for your budget. You should try to squeeze a 58xx GPU in for gaming at your resolution, but it just doesn't fit in your budget without cutting corners that I'm not willing to cut.
Really, you would be better of going for a processor that is a bit cheaper and sticking the remaining into a 5850. Like, maybe go with a Athlon II X4 635 or a Phenom II X4 of a lower model number. Definitely dont skimp on a PSU.
Thanks for the help guys, its been great and very constructive.
I agree on the PSU after some research... my bad about that.
Yes im sure i want the bluray player because in addition to playing games, i do want to watch TV and movies on this TV. That being said, thanks for the advice on the cheaper monitors, but i need a HDTV with a cable input.
I was looking at the 5850 and saw that, although so tantalizing.... it is really expensive. Do you think doing crossfire with 2 cheaper cards would be better (referring to the Best Graphic Cards in certain price-points article)?
Two Radeon HD 4850s in CrossFire continue to offer a combination of high performance and reasonably low cost, making them a good choice for a gaming enthusiast on a budget. Two hundred dollars will get you a couple 512MB cards, while $230 should score a duo of 1GB models. You'll need a CrossFire-compatible motherboard of course, but that's not a problem for most folks with Intel- or AMD-based platforms.
and regarding the cards too, i want to watch TV, play games on this 24" monitor, will the 5770 be suitable for that? Im sure the 5850 can easily handle that. Perhaps with a bigger TV in the future?
Another thing, is the Phenom II X4 too powerful for the 5770 or 5850 or vica versa? As in on of them will bottleneck the other?
Lastly... Am i looking into this wayyy to early? im expecting a little bit of money for my graduation so i go really excited at the prospect of buildign my own computer. Yes, the budget is flexible as i dont know what i will have a few weeks from now, but $800 is my best guess. Who knows, maybe ill get more.
Thanks again for all your advice and the advice to come this community is awesome.