First time builder here. In fact I'm just switching back from a Mac for my gaming needs (have been stuck using a Mac for several years due to professional reasons). Looking to build a budget rig for MMO gaming (LOTRO, DDO, Fallen Earth, The Old Republic when it comes out). Can't wait to hear your thoughts!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Couple of weeks.
BUDGET RANGE: ~ $600 After Rebates (the lower the better)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MMO Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not for the foreseeable future.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (but don't care if it's not maxed, as long as it's decent).
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll need to buy an OS, so you can knock $100 off that $600 budget. Don't need to run everything on Ultra Super Crazy High settings (but higher would be nicer). Strictly a MMO gaming rig, so not going to even look at FPS games (just personal preference). Not that interested in Directx 11 technology at this juncture (correct me if I'm wrong, but most MMOs don't support the tech...and besides after looking at screenshots I don't much care for the Dx11 "improvements" anyways ). I'm hoping to use components that are fairly easy to put together since this is my first time building a PC.
Here's a potential rig I put together with my limited knowledge / budget. Give the above considerations what do you all think? All components were sourced from Newegg.ca
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100273L Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0x16 HDCP Ready CrossFirex Support Video Card - $102.99
RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-PIN DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model - $92.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 7200 RPM SATA 3.0G/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $59.99
DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support OEM - $23.99
CASE / PSU: APEVIA X-DREAMER3 X-DMR3-NW-BK/450 Black metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - $61.99
OS: Windows 7 - $104.99
Do I need an additional cooling unit even if I'm not planning on overclocking anything? What about internet connectivity? Will the motherboard's onboard LAN chipset handle that well? Or do I need to invest in something else I'm not aware of?