Hi all, so this will be my first build. The computer will be used primarily for everyday activities (including editing HD videos of my kid). I will play a game or two each year, but I'm not a hardcore gamer. Therefore I'm spending a little less on the GPU compared to the CPU and RAM. Here's what I've got so far (looking to spend about $1100). I need help with the RAM and Mobo.
I'm not interested in overclocking and the only potential upgrade I could foresee in the next few years would be adding an SLI card.
I like quiet and low power consumption over all else!
Thank you, vindictive! I was just about to bump this thread since it sort of got lost in the onslaught of new build threads yesterday. But since then I'd done a lot of research and landed on a few choices. I will have to compare to what you picked. What do you think of the memory and power supply?
Memory: G.Skill 6gb, ddr3 1600, cas 9 - it's cas9 but runs at 1600 and is lower voltage than most.
Power supply: Antec earthwatts 650 - Good psu? My only concern is this might not power my rig if I added another 460 down the line.
memory: Tighter timings is better than higher frequencies because you can buy DDR3 1333 and OC it to 1600 fairly easy. and the difference from 1333 to 1600 is minimal but Cas 9 just isn't very good for gaming.
Does a 750w PSU waste energy if I'm only using, say 500-600w at any given time? I'm ok with futureproofing with a bigger power supply, but I don't want my electric bill to suffer for 2 years before I would even need that much power.
Also, any recommendations for mice/keyboard/speakers? I'm not including those in my $1100 budget, but it would be nice to have some ideas.
I assume that Sandybridge will cost a pretty penny when it arrives, with no options in the $250-300 range like the 950. That plus a more expensive mobo most likely required. My plan, though, is to order all the parts with the exception of the CPU and GPU. I'll order those in January (when I really need to finish the build) to take advantage of price differences (including what I assume will be a sizable drop for the 950 once sandybridge arrives).
Do you have any good 650w PSU recommendations cheaper than the XFX Black Edition 650W modular PSU at $99? I liked everything about the Antec Earthwatts 650w, but it only has 2 pci-e connectors. I'm not sure if that would cover me if I bought a second 460 down the line.