I've been out of the build game for 6-7 years, and am hoping to get some advice from some knowledgable people here!I've been an AMD fan since day one. I build my last computer around the Athlon XP 3200+. It's been great, but its time to move on to better technology.
As far as gaming goes it will be used to mostly play WoW, SC2, and some FPS. Would like to be able to play and enjoy the games on higher settings. I'm an amateur photographer and will use it to edit my photographs as well. I use a lot of free programs now (Photofiltre), but possibly looking into adding some adobe products in the near future.
I guess I'm looking for advice on what components work well together. The technology has changed so much, since my last build that I'm not sure what works well together. Also, any reccomendations on where I could save money would be great too.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 months
Budget Range: 600-850 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Some Photo Editing, Music, Surfing
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is where I purchased everything for my last build.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: AMD, Asus, EVGA (Not sure on GPU manufacture, have always used EVGA in the past and never had a problem, but there are far more cardmakers in the game now than there were 6-7 years ago
SLI or Crossfire: Unsure
Monitor Resolution: HP 2007w 1680 x 1050
Additional Comments: Would like something quiet...my last build had an aftermarket HSF and it sounded like a 747 taking off. Also, something that will be sufficient for future applications/games
I've been doing quite a bit of reading lately on specific components...and here is what I threw together, minus a case because the options are well...overwhelming.
If you are building in 2-3 months you are better off just waiting until you are closer to build date. Start looking around and getting ideas as to what direction you want to go now but trying to put pieces together is premature as you never know what prices, deals, and new tech will hit in a quarter year on the PC market.
I researched from Sept and finally bought my build today. The amount of times I changed my parts and build without even nudging my budget up or down is crazy. Get a general idea of what you want to do and adjust it as you wait until you can build would be my advice.
I guess...I was looking for more info on what components work well together for the games/applications I would be using the comp for. Mainly the components listed in the mock build I listed in my first post.
Will components really be that different in 2 months time?
Also, has there been any price point speculation on Bulldozer? Sounds like it may not fit someones 600-800 dollar budget??