Hey all, I am a first time builder and I am trying to decide between building one or buying a laptop. I like portability (and I have seen numerous positive reviews of the Asus G Series G73JH-X1 NoteBook on these forums) but to me it seems building one will save me money in the end as well as prepare me for upgrades. This is what I managed to come up with, please tell me if everything seems ok. I am a new builder so I am a bit clueless when it comes to compatability.
Approx Purchase Date: within the next 3 months
System Usage from most to least: Gaming, surfing, school work, video editing
Parts not Required: Monitor, keyboard and mouse
Pref Websites for parts: Newegg or anyother site you feel gives better prices and service!
If you have an interest in the HAF 922 and you are willing buy it early, there is presently a special through newegg.com that will give you 50%. So it'd be about $50 with $20 shipping. Need to enter the code MINIHAF when checking out. Its good until the 15th of this month.
I sound like some sort of Newegg propagandist but it saves folks money on their build so I'll mention it.
If it is essentially for gaming I would drop to the i5 750, P55 mobo and Dual RAM. The loss in performance is negligible and instead you can improve the graphics card to a 5870 which will give back a lot more than you lost from the CPU
All of the above are low profile so they shouldn't interfere w/ 3rd party heat sinks.
GPU: SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $380 (great video card)
It is a great video card and can't argue against the choice .... however, if you are willing to consider the dark side, this Nvidia alternative beats it in 8 outta 9 DX11 benchmarks (1920 x 1200 res, hi settings) .... it's $30 cheaper and comes with a free DVD Burner. The 5850's a better choice atm w/ DX10 games. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^CL6 is unnecessary, and the CL7 linked above is cheaper.
The 470 is priced to close to the 5870 and runs too hot/loud/power hungry to be worth the extra over the 5850.
30GB will hold the OS and essential programs, if you are looking for more get the Agility 2.
We already discussed the 2100, it's a no go.
You don't need an 850W PSU for a 5850 lol.