Hello all, I'm new to the forum. I am looking for some advise for a new homebuild system. My current system is way, way way out of date. Are you ready for a good laugh? I'm still running a Pentium 3 700, overclocked to 900. I built this system so long ago I can't remember when. I don't think this forum exhisted then. I know the basics of a system build, but the components, processors, etc. have changed so much.
I will need everything except a monitor, keyboard and mouse. The main focus of this PC will be Internet, word processing, Microsoft Office applications, and email. However I would like to do some gaming, mostly flight simulator and a graphics program such a Corell Draw. I would rather build the system myself, since I don't like what is available for the price from Dell and others. Besides I like DIY. I would like to keep the price around $800 including the OS. All components can be OEM. I would like to be able to upgrade components as our needs change. I know there is no ideal PC. I was thinking of starting with an Intel Core i5-750, but get lost at the motherboard. I perfer Asus, since that Is what I've used in the past along with Crucial memory. The OS would probably be Windows 7 Home, but 32 or 64 bit? Any serious input would be appreciated.
Ram is slow and a mediocre brand, especially for overclocking. GPU is last-gen and weak, but if your resolution/IQ requirements are low enough it could work. P55-USB3 mobo has been replaced by the P55-UD3/P.
I've been doing some research to bring myself up to speed on the newer motherboards. I'm still trying to stay in the previous outlined budget, so an X58 chipset motherboard is out. I have found three that I like. They are all in the same price range. I plan on using an i5-750. I would like to know your opinions on the following:
AsRock P55 Extreme 4
I'm leaning toward the Asus and AsRock boards. I like the features of the AsRock but at the same time the Asus is better known.
Thanks for the information obsidian86, ScrewySqrl and sp12.
I think I will go with the Asus P7P55D-E motherboard. I like the USB 3.0 for future needs, the P7P55D didn't have it. Processor either the i5-750 or 760.
I seem to prefer the Gigabyte GV-N4500C-1G1 GeForce 450 over the ATI Radeon 5770, partly because the last ATI card I had came with so much bloat ware. Would there be any conflicts between the Asus motherboard and the Gigabyte Video card?
I will however use the Mushkin Enhanced Silverline.
I currently have a Samsung 1T 32meg cashe hard drive and a Corsair 650 TX power supply. I think I will use the Rosewill Challenger case. The case needs to fit inside a computer desk, so I'm limited in height.
Operating system to be Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
Additional opinions are appreciated. Nothing is set in stone, except for the drive and PS. Thanks!