Approximate Purchase Date: Shortly after Christmas/New Year
Budget Range: $900ish before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, some video watching
Parts Not Required: Speakers, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: United States of Grand Fenwick (America)
Parts Preferences: Looking at trying an AMD machine.
Overclocking: Not planning on it.
SLI or Crossfire: in the future, maybe.
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 (I think)
Additional Comments: None
Well, I'm trying to a) improve over my 3 year old Dell, b) for less than I paid ($1200), c) eye for future expansion/upgrades, and d) learn some. I know I'm planning out a bit ahead but it's fun to dream.
I've been reading here at Tom's and reviews over at newegg. What I'm mainly worried about is compatibility.
For your $900ish you can get an i5 750/760 build which would be a better gaming CPU as compared to the Phenom II x4 965 BE.
Since your purchase date is around christmas/new years, I would wait until mid December to start parting the PC together. Lots of things will change between now and then and if we put one together right now, there will be a better option for the same price in 2 months. A week or 2 before the purchase date would be best.
Definitely wait on speccing out the build until it's closer to your purchase date.
A couple of things to think about though:
* CPU doesn't matter nearly as much as your graphics card for gaming. The 5830 isn't terrible, but you could do better.
* 6 GB is sub-optimal for either an AMD or an Intel i5 build, as it will drop you out of dual-channel RAM mode. It's not a huge deal, but since you only need 4 GB for gaming anyway, you might as well save the $40 or $50 and just get 4 GB.
* You can get a 1 TB Seagate 7200.12 HDD for the same price as the 640 GB Caviar Blue.
* You can get a newer, more powerful 6850 for less than the 5830 you have listed. You could get a 6870 for a little more, if you want to use the savings from the RAM towards it.
Just a bit of advice since I made this mistake on my first build and found myself driving back and forth to Tiger for afterthoughts:
Enough case fans to keep everything nice and cool
CPU heatsink (unless you intend to use the stock HSF from AMD)
Anti-static wrist strap
You cannot go wrong with AMD in bang for buck. The 965BE is a great processor with E-A-S-Y oc'ing (I know you said you are not interested in the OC but you haven't built this one yet. It's only natural that you eventually will when you see what you can do with it).
Best of luck and definitely wait for the sales to scream near early to mid-December.
650W would be plenty for even two 6850s. But stick with an 80plus certified reputable high quality PSU. Corsair, Antec and Seasonic are best. Avoid cheapo no-name PSUs. When they fail, they will destroy your PC. Tom's published an article about PSUs recently. This should give you a bit of insight on why those no-names are so cheap. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/psu-manufacturer-oe...
Running through your build..
Get a mobo that supports sata3 and usb3. This will give you a bit of futureproofing for when usb3.0 becomes mainstream. A good board for the same price is the ASRock 870 Extreme3 or if you don't mind throwing down a little more, the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 is the best option for mobo.
PSU already mentioned above.
You don't need 6gb (3x2gb) of ram. It would slow down your system as well because you won't be able to utilize dual channel mode. 4gb (2x2gb) is plenty for gaming and even most programs and will allow you to use dual channel mode. Stick with a low latency (preferably 6 or 7) DDR3 1600/1333 corsair, mushkin or g.skill for great performance.
Grab the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD instead. It's faster, higher capacity, and only $5 more (as of this post). It's usually around $60 on newegg promo or microcenter.
Just get the cheapest SATA DVD Burner with free shipping. They all work the same anyways.
Good choices on everything else. Keep an eye out for combo deals for extra savings.
- (was convinced to drop from 6G to 4G for gaming, saved money. Though I might go to 8G later on just because I'm a habitual multitasker.
Still pricing Hard Drives. Gonna go with a cheap DVD burner (no blue ray) and Keyboard stayting the same. Things still look compatable to my eyes though technically the Mobo does not list the CPU but it does list the 965...so I'm thinking it'll be ok.