Hi, I'm new to PC building and newer still to this site. After a few weeks spent doing a little research and wasting a ton of time, I've decided to turn for help to my fellow, hopefully more experienced, geeks and nerds on tomshardware.com. To reiterate, I'm trying to build a gaming PC for about $600 after rebates. Any advice is most appreciated. Thanks in advance.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: over the course of June BUDGET RANGE: about $600 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming and watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, optical drive and card reader
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, etc COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: California, US
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU and a mid-sized tower
OVERCLOCKING: yes, eventually SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes, eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The PC needs no windows or bling, and I would like it to be as unobtrusively quiet as possible for watching movies, though not at the expense of power for gaming--given my budget, of course.
I devised a similar build to yours’ myself. I guess the selection is somewhat limited in this price range. I’m reading reviews of those parts you two suggested that I’m not already familiar with and comparing them to the ones I found.
I’ve noticed the PSU & GPU combo you found batuchka, but I think 650W is more than enough for my needs and will be for some time; according to OuterVision’s eXtreme power supply calculator, such builds as these require well under 500W, or 600W if I Crossfire. Mostly though, I just couldn’t pass up such a good deal. ^^ I understand my recent purchases change things. With this in mind, if someone else has ideas--or if either of you have something to add--I’m all ears.
Ya truth be told a quality 430-480W 80+ PSU would power an X3 + HD 5770 rig but ya just cos such a juicy combo was available hehe The 'sink and forget' PSU investment as such a price point (over several upgrade cycles) was also helluva attractive to me