I'm looking to build my first computer, and I'd like to get the best deal possible. I have time to wait for deals, but I think I've found a decent build to start with, and then add to as things pop up.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap
BUDGET RANGE: $700
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg and amazon (gotta live free prime for students!)
I'm really keen on getting an SSD to use as a boot drive, and I'll add a large hard drive later for storage. Is there a better SSD for price/performance than the Intel? Also, I've read that the Intel SSD comes with a 5.25" mounting bracket. Is that true? Thanks so much in advance!
Thanks batuchka! I already have the power supply that I mentioned in my first post, I should have made that clear, sorry. I'll look into that hard drive. Are the Sandforce SSDs better than the Intel ones?
I'll be using it for general daily use, MATLAB and other engineering/modeling programs, and some light gaming. Music is a really big deal to me, so I will be upgrading the onboard audio in the future also. Any tips?
Gotcha, I'm going to go with an OCZ Vertex 2 60GB drive. The speakers I'm driving are definitely worth a sound card: Swan M200MkIII. For general multitasking, like music, internet, watching TV, etc, would I see the benefits of having a six-core processor? Most of the reviews either compare the AMD Thuban CPU's to Intel for gaming or for heavy parallel computation, both of which would be done rarely to occasionally.
Actually one more quick question: do you think it's worth it to get a better mATX motherboard and a cheaper processor and upgrade once Bulldozer comes out? My only concern about the combo motherboard is that it doesn't have USB3, though I'm not sure how much I'd need that...Thanks again!
Well all current chipsets are not having native solution for USB 3.0 anyway and most only have 2 ports and as we know those aren't enuff but if USB 3.0 is a must have a look at Asus/Gigabyte/MSI 880G offerings ^^ Chip choice as per needs *now* is the best solution for me