Hopefully putting something together in Aussie conditions (read: more expensive) might be a challenge for some of you guys out there in the rest of the world...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Within the next month)
BUDGET RANGE: (6-700US, 800AUS though I suspect I might go a tad over, which is ok)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming - MMO's, rpg's, rts (little to no FPS), internet, music, occassional movies)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Case, DVD drive, OS)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (MSY mainly, possibly Umart. - This PDF is what I've been using so far to get a good idea of prices)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (Australia)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (presumably AMD for value, no other real concerns except I'd like a monitor of 20" or more)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Nope
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (Preferably 1600x1200 at least, though to be honest I don't really know the significance of this aside from a nice looking desktop)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I want this computer to be mainly for gaming and then other general Uni use like internet, word, etc. I stick to MMOs, RPGs and RTS games so my big concerns are things like Lotr online, WoW, Starcraft II, Civ and Diablo 3. I never play FPS games so super high settings will hopefully not be an issue. I'm not really that big a gamer anymore so maxed out settings aren't a big concern, just being able to have good performance on reasonably high settings in the above games. Also, I guess the big thing is that I'd like this thing to be able to game quite well for the next 2-3 years. )
I've been obsessively scouring this forum and others for what kind of parts I can get for this budget and what they will be able to do, and this is what I've come up with so far:
CPU: AMD AM3 Athlon II X2 250 $71
Mobo: Gigabyte 785GT-UD3H / Asus M4A785TD-V-EVO $102 / $109 - Don't really know the difference
RAM: Kingston 4GB DDR3-1333 $124/ $139 for 4GB G-Skill Ripjaws - I'm not too sure of the difference here
HDD: Western Digital SATA 320GB $54
GPU: 1GB MSI HD5750 $155
PSU: Absolutely no idea - presumably at least 450W
ODD: Not sure
Mouse + Keys: Something generic and cheap
Monitor: Hopefully 20" LCD/LED for $150-200
I'm aiming for a pretty balanced build so if there are any bottlenecks or anything, please let me know. I'm not sure what to do about the PSU because I've read about how important it is to get that right. Finally, what would a system like this be capable of?
Oh and I should add that I'm probably gonna try and put this together myself, which will be my first time doing so - unless you can convince me otherwise.