I'm trying to build a new computer since 4 months ago, but due to some delay in collected money, finally I'm looking to buy a new computer. But I'm totally new to computer building, that It's really hard for me to pick out parts that are compatible, and good price for the bucks.
Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime when my build is organized (in 2-3 weeks)
Budget Range: around $600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, but not hardcore, only games like Starcraft 2, Left 4 Dead 2 (i dont need the graphics to be in the insane settings; medium or high settings will be fine)
Parts Not Required: mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon.. etc, wherever they have good deals, yet with safety on products
Country of Origin: Virginia
Parts Preferences: I do not have preference, other than I don't want Full tower case
Overclocking: mmm... why not? maybe just a little bit?
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: I have to buy a monitor too, so suggestions on monitors too please.
Additional Comments: i would like to base my build on a certain "great bang for the bucks" item. Such as: SAPPHIRE Raedon 5770, is excellent for its price. (at least that's what i heard 4 months ago)
I want about 3.0Ghz of quad-core CPU, 500Gb~1TB hard drive, 4Gb of RAM, 500-600W power supply, Any case that can fit, and some ok-dvd drive. However, I don't know what Motherboard I should get, nor what to look for in a motherboard, and same goes for the Monitor. The only preference I have for the monitor so far is 17" or bigger.
Also, I dont want other accessories such as: keyboard, speakers.. etc get in the way of finding a good core build. That's why the budget can be a little over $600.
And a motherboard-integrated-graphics cards + a normal graphics card can be Crossfired or SLIed, right?
Oh, and one last thing. It can be a little bit bottlenecked, because I can add on a new graphics card later, since It's crossfire, or SLI ready.
Oh, I'm going to be using DDR3 RAMs, if that has an effect on what kind of motherboard I should choose. Also, What makes that motherboard good? what defines a good motherboard? So basically, what should I look for when buying a motherboard, other than compatibility?
Its not clear whether your monitor is included in the $600 budget or not . Your operating system is important too . If you have a 32 bit OS , and especially if you are using XP ,you will not need more than 2 gig of RAM
upgrade the motherboard to an 880/ 850 chipset mb [ if you can live without crossfire ] or 890/850 chipset board [ if you cant ] which probably has a better chance of ongoing compatibility with next years new AMD cpu's
I have Vista-64bit and Windows 7. But I do not have a moniter. I do have a moniter, so I can survive without one for now, but the moniter sucks so bad that I do need a new one. However, I would not like my moniter to be included in the budget, so that my core build isn't affected.
Also, could you put a link to the "880/ 850 chipset mb" or "890/850 chipset mb" because I can't find it.