Around 5 years ago I built the desktop I'm using now, didn't really know what I was doing (was in the dubious category of "knows just enough to be dangerous") but aside from one HD failure it's served me quite well. However it was probably not the most optimized system then and is obviously pretty damn outdated now. A new one is long overdue.... I'd like to approached it better informed this time around, so hopefully some folks on here can point me in the right direction(s).
Planning for something that's a decent jack-of-all-trades type system - the usual internet and productivity apps, graphic design, a bit of video/audio editing and encoding. Being able to do some gaming is a plus but not a priority. Room for future upgrades would be great. Here's my build request template:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: early this coming week (6/7-6/8) BUDGET RANGE: $800-1000, preferably before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: light to moderate audio/video editing & encoding, graphic design, some gaming, surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (never ordered online from a different company, am open to other suggestions too) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I'm in the USA, no preference for origin of parts
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like an Intel processor, otherwise no idea
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll be purchasing Windows 7 for this. No preference on case appearance, though on the quiet side would be nice.
I've got older speakers, mouse, keyboard, & Acer monitor that still work fine - would like to invest in a decent system first and upgrade those piecemeal in the future.
Would really appreciate any suggestions you guys might have. If you have any questions feel free to ask...
Hey Userremoved, thanks a lot for your time.
Fits in my budget and to my newbie eye everything looks alright - though I really don't have enough background to know one way or the other. Anyone else out there with second opinions? I've inserted NE links for easier browsing.
A few thoughts:
-Looks like there's a June special for a free HDMI cable with that processor, so I've taken that off
-Is the video card and power supply overkill for someone who probably doesn't need overclocking/crossfire/etc? I'd like to do some gaming, but that's more of a side thing...
-Should I consider going with Windows 7 64bit?
-Anything else to consider?
No the graphic card is great for this budget. Yes the PSU is overkill but with the mail in rebate its as cheap as the TX650 and EA650 so why not it leaves more headroom for upgrade. Also would you like to have a high performance HSF for 30$ more it's great for OCing (http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ... (Hyper 212)). Yes you should go with the 64bit version of Windwows because the 32bit one wont recognize all your RAM only part of it and on top of that the 32bit one is like only 2$ cheaper so 64bit is better9srry I picked the 32bit one by mistake (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)). Maybe add a cheap DVD drive?