APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Approximately within the next 2-3 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $500-$700 (not firm, but will most likely be above $500)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, burning DVDs (maybe in the not too distant future), watching movies, playing/storing music, writing papers, creating power points and/or spread sheets, surfing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe?
Initially, I was looking into upgrading my current desktop computer so that I could play StarCraft II. After looking at my hardware (my dad built it back in 2003: AMD Athlon +2500 cpu, Asus A7N8X-VM mobo, etc.) I decided that it would be better to just build a new desktop computer.
While the short term goal is to be able to play SC2, I would like to start burning my movie collection onto blank writable DVDs in the near future. I suppose a longer-term short term goal would be to play Diablo III when it comes out.
I did my share of research and put together a list of parts that were fairly budget friendly. So before I start spending any of my hard earned money, I'd like to get the thoughts of computer-building/gamer enthusiasts on the hardware I've selected. In addition and most importantly, I want to be sure...no, positive, that this whole setup will work when I put it together. Nobody likes spending more money than they have to because they bought the wrong part.
So if anyone has any suggestions or tips, I would love the insight.
*Just a note, I do plan to upgrade the system when I get more money. I've read on multiple sites that the GTX 460 is the way to go for a mid-priced graphics card.
Our very own forums had concluded, over a spread of current games and this also applies to future titles, X3 would be the sweet spot ^^ Since burning is on the table i'd also wouldn't go with an X2 unless $$ is super tight
With carefully picked out parts though one could land a 955BE/GTX 460 for $600 hehe
I doubt batuchka's build can be beat. That's as good as you'll get.
Wow, I agree. That is a pretty nice looking build. Originally, I was looking at the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE, but I convinced myself that it wouldn't be worth spending money on the two extra processor cores. Then again, I wasn't quite sure what would be a good motherboard combo deal match with it. Would it be worth getting the PII X4 965 instead of the PII X4 955? The 965 does have an operating frequency of 3.4GHz compared to the 955 at 3.2GHz, but is upgrading Batuchka's cpu-mobo combo for the extra 0.2GHz worth the extra $15 ($199.98/$214.98)?
In terms of the motherboard manufacturers, I did not know what was considered "good" or "reliable" besides Asus. One of my friends had said that he tended to buy Asus mobos a few years ago because they were the best at the time, but he wasn't sure of what was considered the best now days. Wasn't quite sure what the judgement on Biostar or ASRock because my father has used both in the last 2 DVR machines he built for using SageTV on our TV (which by the way, excellent TiVo-like program). Same uncertainty with MSI, but if you all suggest it then it's good enough for me.
With the PSU, I wasn't too sure what was a decently priced unit that was worth it's price. Good thing that I decided to consult the forums before making any purchases.
For the video card, would it be better to get the GTX 460 in the 1GB version or the 768MB version? Also, I read that Palit's GTX 460 was the best of all the GTX 460s, so should I switch from EVGA to Palit?
This is an updated build showing an AMD Phenom II X4 965 and a Palit GTX 460 1GB card. Basically, my questions are should I go with the PII X4 965 instead of the 955 and should I get the Palit GTX 460 1GB instead of the EVGA GTX 460 768MB? Sorry that the product info is really small. http://i989.photobucket.com/albums/af17/Chris_Kurland/U...
As a side not, I'm quite pleased that none of ya'll suggested any Gigabyte parts because I just don't trust that manufacturer. After I watched my friend's Gigabyte gpu and mbo both spark and die in front of us at same time, I have never considered buying a single part from the company. The fact that many of the online reviews of Gigabyte products seemed to indicate the low quality of the parts just reinforced my opinion of them.
^ The 955 is a better option, as you can easily set it to run at 965's speed without any issues...
Video card - IMO, pay a little more and get a better manufacturer with more warranty if you will be keeping the PC say 2+ years...So that Zotac or the EVGA card I specified are better options...
And 768MB if your screen resolution is less than 1080p, but if going with 1080p, IMO the 1GB version is better because it has a larger memory interface as well as more memory, that would help in high resolutions...
As for the mobo manufacturers, IMO ASUS and Gigabyte are the best when it comes to AMD boards, maybe you just had a bad board thats all or maybe it was because of the PSU or power outage...
Am sure many would agree with this...
ASUS, Gigabyte >= MSI(MSI is catching up real quick in terms of quality and performance) > ASRock, followed by the rest...
So my most up-to-date build is the one Batuchka suggested. However, I have been trying to verify whether or not the memory he suggested is compatible with the mobo. The manufacturer product page only lists compatible CPU; they don't seem to have a compatible memory list that is available to the public.
MEMORY: Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory (Model No. PGV34G1333ELK)
MOBO: MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Does anyone know whether they are compatible? And if not, then does anyone know what memory would be compatible with the MSI 870-G45?
Also, does anyone know what the Asus-equivalent mobo is to the MSI 870-G45? Would the ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 be a good board for a gaming desktop?
I don't plan on overclocking my gpu or cpu. However, I've been thinking of switching from the Zotac to the EVGA GTX 460. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
In addition, the screen resolution is below 1080p (Hanns-G HG216D) so I don't really need to get the 1GB gpu version.
Yeah the compatible but you will have set a few things in the bios to get them running to spec
So I think I've finally settled on a build. Instead of getting the MSI 870-G45 mobo, I decided to get the Asus M4A87TD EVO because I didn't like that MSI wasn't posting a compatible memory list.
What products should I get warranties on? CPU, GPU, mobo, PSU, HDD? And how long should the warranties last, 1 or 2 years?
go for a 1gb gtx 460.... and you dont need thermal paste, your stock cooler comes with thermal paste, only reason people would buy arctic silver 5 compound is if they were planning to overclock their CPU but you stated that you wont...