Hi, I currently have $645 and I plan on building my first gaming desktop.
I've done quite a bit of shopping the past week or so and I feel semi-confident with what I need to pick but I want help to avoid any royal screwups I might run into (I almost bought a kind of cheap PSU when I gather just today that I shouldn't). And I want opinions from people who are more knowledgeable to see well am I doing in terms of squeezing the most I can out of my budget.
I posted up on PCMech forums yesterday and I'm not so sure about the advise regarding downgrades... I realize I messed up my previous choices PSU & RAM. I haven't a clue but I'll keep poking around SlickDeals,NE,&Tiger until after CyberMonday. http://www.pcmech.com/forum/build-your-own-pc/218172-~$600-budget-build.html
As for usage:
Nothing super hardcore, I don't need to run games at max settings at 1900x1200 bajillion resolution, something more modest. I do want to be able to run even demanding things decently should I want to, which it seems should be no problem within this budget. This computer will also be doing normal college student stuff, light multi tasking (chrome, im client, itunes, security software, some Visual Studio, etc...).
Thanks for your time in advance. Much appreciated
I have a monitor, speaker system, keyboard & mouse because I'm running my laptop as a desktop at the moment. MSDN = Free Windows 7 x64bit. YESZ. No optical drive because my roommate has an external one and honestly I don't think I'll need it. I'll stick that extra $20 to somethign else haha.
I'm pretty blown away by how much 600 can garner. I originally thought it'd be like amd tri-core with 4gb ram, radeon 5770 and pretty much that's it... now it's super beefy >