System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (PC and 360), watching movies on Netflix/DVDs, surfing the web
Parts Not Required: After having an Inspiron 8600 laptop for 6+ years as my primary computer, I’ll need everything, unfortunately.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably newegg, but basically anywhere. There’s also a MicroCenter nearby.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No Preference
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is my first build. I’m not much of a PC gamer, but that’s because I’ve been stuck with this laptop for years. I hope to order the components soon so I can get in on the annual Steam sale at the end of this month. I also plan on connecting my 360 to the monitor.
Total: 895 (835 after rebates) + shipping
**Ideally, I'd like something closer to 800 before rebates.
This is my first system so just a couple of questions/concerns:
1. In order to save money, does it make sense to get a case that comes with a PSU? I think one of the Antec Three Hundreds does…
2. The 5770 might be a bit of an overkill for me. I don’t know how many graphically intensive games I’ll be playing so something cheaper would probably be better.
3. Best monitor? I know I’m stuck with a TN at this price range, but what are some good sub $200 monitor recommendations?
I can't help with cheaper PSU or good cheap monitor, but with the graphics side of things, here's my 2 bits worth...
If you intend to become a serious gamer, you will need at least 6850 or GTX 460 at that resoultion.
Bollocks. You can still be a serious gamer without all the high end equipment. I have an xfx 5850, and my mate has a sapphire 5770, and we both get immense joy out of shooting people in MoH (seriously). Yes the graphics would be (allegedly) mind blowing with 6850 (i guess, it is new after all, could be fraught with bugs and errors, for all anyone knows), but it is not really necessary. The up side to 6XXX being released is that 5xxx is cheaper (YAY!). And my monitor is 1080p and all that jazz too!
Anyway, I do not feel that I am being left behind with my 'crappy' 5850 and my mate loves his 5770, so i would go with that as you are trying to stay below 900 bucks for your system.
And to the haters, please, it's just an opinion, and like bum holes, everyone has got one
I hope to order the components soon so I can get in on the annual Steam sale at the end of this month.
If you're connected to the internet (as i assume you are, posting threads and what not) you can get in on the sale via your laptop (it doesn't have to be playable on the laptop if you're going to run it on your new beast, just get the sale confirmed and download it when you're up and running!)
So that may help bring costs down for all the post xmas sales (you might even get a 5850 or better for a bargain!)