I have been researching, reading and researching again and I have to admit - my head is spinning! I haven't built a new computer for about 5 years and havent really kept up with the technological developments...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week!
BUDGET RANGE: $1k (Cdn)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Office apps, Surfing internet, watching movies, streaming media to Xbox/tv, a little gaming, music (some editing/converting)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, etc – also Antec TruePower 2.0 480W PSU – should be ok??)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, or whatever
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
OVERCLOCKING: no in the short term...
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
Here is what I was thinking:
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 ($139)
CPU: Intel Core i5 760 ($209)
Case: Antec Three Hundred case
I also need a 1TB HDD (and was thinking of a SSD for boot?) and a video card. I was thinking that I might be better off with an SSD boot drive and a cheaper vidcard rather than sinking my cash into a fancy GPU. I dont need SLI me thinks.
I would love to hear some suggestions for memory, HDDs, Vid cards, etc. and your thoughts in general on building a multipurpose computer.
Memory: Here, I am still a little confused. I have to admit, I have never heard of GeIL lol, but on the suggestion of omgitzfatal I was going to go for GeIL Ultra PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) I do not really understand the Ram timing, but I guess I will go with the suggested Ram...
That's it! Comments? Suggestions? Oh - I was wondering...I have an older Antec TruePower 2.0 480W PSU - would that be sufficient to power the new computer, or should I be looking to upgrade that as well? And one last thing - I dont plan to do much serious OCing, but will I need some kind of after-market cooling?
Ok, I think I will hold off on cooling for now and focus on the computer itself! I am still hesitating on ssd, the Ram and now I am thinking twice about the mobo. The more I read, the more options I see! : ( Having trouble pulling the trigger....