I just started planning out a new computer. I've never build a computer before, but would like to try. My main focus is on reliability and value first and then performance second. Since I am new to this, I do not really plan on overclocking unless it is extremely beneficial and not really risky. I have selected most of the parts (listed below), but I am not extremely set on any part. Any feedback and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Plan to build mid September 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1250 after rebates and taxes (can exceed a little)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing)
If you're going for value then stay away for 1366. OCZ ram has gotten pretty bad as of late, something to avoid.
I live fairly close to a microcenter and so I was planning on getting the i7 930 for around 220 after taxes. I figured that was a pretty good deal since they are going for about 290 and then I also figured that getting the 1366 would keep the computer a little future-proof. You think I can get a cheaper mobo such as the p6T or I did see one from EVGA also? And I'll look into finding some other RAM from your recommendation.