APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soonish. My plan is to purchase parts over the next 2 months as money allows.
BUDGET RANGE: $500-600 before rebates. Ideally more towards $500.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, graphic work, multimedia (Hulu, Netflix streaming, dvd's)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Amazon. I'm open to other reputable stores, however.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been leaning towards ATI and AMD because they seem to give great value for the dollar
OVERCLOCKING: Depends on your definition. I specifically chose the processor and motherboard because supposedly the combo yields a very high chance to unlock 2 additional cores.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm not at home at the moment, so I'm going to have to guess it's either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: All of the parts I've chosen had a big consideration before anything else: it had to be quiet. I've built one other machine and I was completely stupid about the components I chose, because the dang thing sounded like it was storming through Tokyo whenever I turned it on.
I'm extremely close to being within my budget as far as parts go, as I'm right around $630.00. I'm wondering if there are any corners that could be cut to drop me down closer to $500 though.
This seems like a pretty reasonable build for the money, but I am not particularly experienced at this so I'm throwing myself at the TH community for help.
batuchka, would you mind elaborating on the parts you've chosen? I'm curious why you went with the ones you did (outside of the obvious combo savings).
September 2, 2010 7:55:32 PM
I modified the build (a lot) based on some of your recommendations. I think I've managed to trim it down by about $100 but have actually increased the performance... um... I hope. Even w/o the rebate, this brings it very close to $500.
Well, the one thing I mentioned right at the beginning is that noise beats all, including performance if that's the way it has to be. The reviews I read of that particular 460 all pointed to it being a noisy thing.
Also, I think I should have more clearly stated that my second build is cheaper and faster than MY first build. I definitely am not qualified to say it was better than batuchka's.