Hey everybody. I am looking to rebuild, but I just don't have the time to get back up to speed on what the latest that industry has to offer in every component that I need to buy. You see... my last build has lasted me 7 years through EQ1 to WoW and more, so I am very behind the times. Here's what I need out of a new system:
1. Small: (microATX preferred) desk space is very limited. Willing to spend a bit extra in this department to get a good case that will last and has GREAT airflow and is easy to open, clean, and get at components and stays COOL. I know this sounds like a lot to ask out of a micro, but i've heard of some good cases that are very user friendly that have come out. CPU Cooler must fit in a micro box (sorry I just had to say it).
2. Quiet: To the point of overdoing it on PSU wattage so that its fan doesn't need to run at 100% all the time. I learned a long time ago that if you are going to dump extra money into anything, let it be a GOOD PSU (hence 7 years on my current build).
3. Gaming: (SINGLE GPU) GPU's have just taken a nosedive in price. My big issue is that I want a GPU that is at a good place in the curve of cost vs performance. I want to game for years to come, but $400 on a GPU is not what I have in mind. I've seen some good ones at $260-$300, but my big hangup is that I don't know if they will fit in a micro box. I want one that exhausts out of the case (2-slot).
4. AMD: I have stock in AMD (too bad I didn't sell it at $35/share). I want to keep supporting AMD.
Once again, I am looking for rock solid components and compatibility. Don't *need* RAID, don't *need* 1TB drive. Back in the day the Raptor 10krpm drives were the shizznit. I would cut cost here, but still want good seek times. If that means 1 10krpm drive or a 200GB RAID setup... w/e works best at a cost reduction.
Any help with pointing me to the right components with a very compatible, rock solid build on today's market would be greatly appreicated.
Looking to be sub $1k, preferrably sub $800 (without monitor). Looking to build/buy now. Thanks all!