APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next few days, possibly even tonight
BUDGET RANGE: less than 600$ CAD after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, not necessarily cutting edge
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, will possibly reuse video card
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: looking at AMD CPU/mobo, I'm not knowledgeable enough to want specifics for other stuff
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: err, if I don't know, does it matter?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i need a quiet machine, the main reason I upgrade from my current one is that it's always been incredibly noisy, and I now I find myself trying to record audio. also it's a single core CPU and modern games pretty much require dual core by now.
Heyo! I've been tooling around computers for a while and I'm fairly confident I'll know what to do when it comes to the actual construction, but this is the first time I plan to build a system myself and I'm not up to date on the hardware. I can't afford the cutting edge necessarily, but I do want a solid base that will last me for a while.
I think I've got a decent parts list but I mainly want to make sure I'm not making some disastrous newbie mistake. What I've picked so far:
You can get all that for 600$? With shipping and handling in CANADA! Mayybe, but for like 60$ more, u could get a 5770 or 5750 which are very decent and better if your going with AMD. do you mean 2 x 1 DDR3 or 1 2GB DDR3 stick then later should buy another same 2gb stick.
juanchioo has a very good build there. If you can swing the extra money, get a real video card. The 9600 GSO is pretty marginal for modern games, even at 1280x1024. It'll do games at moderate settings, but I woulsd expect something like the 9400/9500/9600 to be onboard video next year
Well, my shopping cart gives me a grand total of 611.50, but there's like 50 bucks of tax and shipping on there, plus a couple of extra SATA cables, and I've got a combined total of 45$ off regular price for the HD, case and PSU. Technically I'm over budget but I'm not gonna sweat the 11.50 if the stuff is decent.
For the RAM I meant a single 2GB stick so I have space to upgrade later. I plan on using my old Windows XP anyway, probably; can't afford a new OS on top of that.
I'm gonna keep the 5770/5750 in mind for the future, but I'm seeing prices of 160-220, which starts being expensive to me. I already have the 9600 GSO here right now, so I might endure it a little longer.
Hmm, interesting. A quick and dirty price search gives me a total of around 750 before tax and shipping, but I'll look into it more in depth tomorrow, see if I can shop around. Thanks!
Yeah, that's the weakest link, but to be honest the main thing that convinced me I could afford a new machine was that I thought I could get away with not buying a new video card. For a while I've felt that it's my current 3GHz single core cpu that's holding me back the most, so that's where I figured I needed the biggest step up. I am definitely being tempted by some less antiquated hardware though, it's just a question of being able to pay for it. It's certainly the next thing I'll be looking at.
Thanks for your help, everyone! At first I mostly wanted to make sure I wasn't making a basic mistake like trying to build a time machine without a flux capacitor, but you're giving me food for thought on top of that.
if u want cheaper u can downgrade psu to ocz fatal1ty 550w, mobo to gigabyte 770(be sure to get am3), and if u need to downgrade it more u can change gpu for 5770 (but gtx 460 its much better inversion)