I'm a first time builder and looking to build a low budget gaming PC. Getting back into PC gaming as I mostly game on Xbox 360.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: today or tomorrow
BUDGET RANGE: $350 - $450 (would push to $500 if necessary ) after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: light - mid range gaming (I have a Thinkpad for work, and a netbook too for browsing and other things. )
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive( Samsung Spinpoint F3 ), ODD (Sony Optiarc), GPU (MSI 9800gt 512mb)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: none really, but I am going for an AMD based build, since I'm going low budget
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire perhaps in the future, not right now.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 resolution
I ordered a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb and a Sony Optaric DVD drive a week ago when I was thinking of upgrading a very old desktop (5 years+ old components ), but decided to scrap that and build a new machine. I play games like Sims 3, Guild Wars, and will play Guild Wars 2 when it comes out. Perhaps Fallout 3 and Crysis on low settings, again, I'm still kind of getting back into PC gaming.
Now to my questions:
1)For this case will I need any cable extensions for good cable management?
2)If I am not planning to overclock is the stock HSF okay to use?
3)The GPU I already have (MSI 9800gt) should work with this build, correct?
Ah I see you edited your post after I replied I suppose I can see how I feel about the stock cooler after I build it, then add an aftermarket HSF if the noise bothers me. I would still be within budget. Thanks!