I'm looking to build a computer for the first time, and I'm looking for some advice. What I want from this computer is the ability to play some games like Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and older strategy games. Also I have a Macbook so I need a Windows based PC to run Windows programs.
I already have a CPU, an Intel Q9450, but I'll need everything else. I don't have a specific budget but I would like to keep the price down as much as I can. So if anyone can help me out with a build I would greatly appreciate it.
That's a nice CPU. Should serve you a well especially if you're mainly gaming. Don't have a lot of time, but I'd go for a DDR3 mobo. DDR2/3 ram is about the same cost now, but going with the ddr3 will leave the option to upgrade later with less expense.
What size monitor are you running on? For the games you're planning on, I'd say a 4850 is all you'll need upto a 1920x1080 monitor. Here they are, the interesting one is the DDR5 512mb. Should perform about the same as the 1gb DDR3 flavors. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
That's all I got for now. I'll try to chime in more later.