I have been looking around for building a new computer mostly for the purpose of gaming (though the only new game I plan on playing right now is Starcraft II, the next being Prototype) and my last computer build was 2005 and I spent roughly $1500. I also run some theoretical simulations and image processing that would still require processing speed. On occasion I would be using Photoshop CS4 as well for editing.
This time I'm looking to spend somewhere in the range of $600-750 dollars. I have windows XP so I am just going to buy the windows 7 home upgrade and work from there. The other thing to note is my monitor resolution will be 1280x1024 so I think that some of the hardware that I have selected may be overkill. As you can tell I'm outside my price range with a total of $943 but this is base price of the hardware without specials, etc.
I also probably won't buy for at least another month, and may end up waiting until closer to the end of the year. Depending on deals and specials I may buy products over the span of a few weeks instead of all at once.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel $55
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W $80
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $85
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $55
GTX 460 $200
ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 $145
LG Black 22X DVDRW $18
I'm not sure if it is necessary to have the GTX 460 as it may be possible to get by with something like the GTX 250. I would like to have SLI capabilities in my motherboard in case i want to buy a 2nd GPU later on.
Please let me know what you think, and possibly where I could trim some things back.
Well I am currently able to run all of my software on my laptop (T2080, and 2 gig of ram) and I'm just looking to be able to run Photoshop and simulations better so that really isn't my main area of concern for this computer (just looking for something to run the games as well since currently I cannot) and I'm also not willing to up my budget either.
I am curious why you prefer AMD over Intel? I realize that it tends to be cheaper so when building a budget machine it is usually a wide choice, but I've noticed that with most posts that you have you continually have this same system.