APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anywhere from now until the end of august. BUDGET RANGE: Anywhere up to $1000 pretax.. however... I am a student and I do not want to spend extra cash on perks that I will barely use. The cheaper the better
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1. School and Work related (will be using word, excel, access, simply accounting and Quickbooks 2. Surfing the web: Mainly browsing websites such as tom's hardware, yahoo finance, fool.com etc... nothing too intensive 3. Gaming.. I am a casual gamer (game maybe 6 hours a week maximum... it is not a important part of my life but it would be nice to play once in a while!) I enjoy games such as warcraft 3, sim city 4, age of empires, and thinking about getting starcraft 2.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Canadacomputers.com ... Ill buy from any website that has a good deal. I live in Ontario.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I was thinking of an intel motherboard, but they are so expensive compared to amd!
I do not plan to overclock or use dual video cards for now.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)... as high as possible, to keep my options open!
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first pc build.. I had no clue where to begin so I read a few articles on here as well as other websites, did my research for a few days and this is the best build I could come up with. Any advice is appreciated. Keep in mind that I am a student so im going ot be as cheap as possible. This does not mean that I am really going to cheap out though, it is important that I leave options open for upgrading in the future. I was also thinking about buying refurb from newegg (although I would really enjoy the learning experience from building my own pc)... would that be a cheaper route?
You guys have made me curious with overclocking so I am going to do more research on it.. if you have any resources (ill be browsing this site) or others let me know.
I thought Canada computers was suppose to be one of the cheapest (shows you how much i know!).. I also have one their stores in my city. Ill be waiting for those links... it is appreciated.
I think i am going to go for something cheaper then the build I put above.. money is a little tight right now and all i really need is a pc to surf the web and handle database and accouting software... I can live with old school games for now
Thanks for all of your input so far, it is a great help!
CASE- good case but i've seen it for $80 at CC and NCIX 2 weeks ago
MOBO-Excerpt from Benchmarkreviews
That being said, after testing the Athlon-II X2-260 in both an 890GX motherboard and a 785G motherboard, I had more luck overclocking and better overall test results with the 785G. While this may be limited to only the two motherboards I used, and other 890GX motherboards might perform better, I think I can safely conclude that the benefits of upgrading to the 890GX chipset right now are not necessary. I highly recommend using the Athlon-II X2-260 in the 785G chipset. It works particularly well in the ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO motherboard. I would definitely look for a motherboard that offers the 128MB of DDR3 sideport memory if you are planning on using the onboard GPU. The Athlon-II X2-260 processor offers an excellent entry point for any budget minded user.
Now take this info and pricematch it at NCIX.COM they will ship it all for free if you purchase a $10 gift card anywhere and Canada plus only 5% tax
not 100% sure if pricematch works on MIR stuff cuz i've never tried it