I have read several of the guides here, and I'm having a rough time compiling a list of parts, so I was hoping ya'll could help me out.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week. No sooner than 1/10.
Budget Range: $500 USD before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming, surfing the interweb, minor word files, etc.
Parts Not Required: I currently don't have mouse, keyboard, or monitor for a desktop. These items do not need to be included in the price range mentioned. Any recommendations regarding these products would be appreciated though!
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No real preference here, other than websites with proven track records.
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Again, no real preference here.
Overclocking: Maybe. I haven't done much research regarding overclocking, but it is something that I am definitely interested in based on my current knowledge.
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Monitor Resolution: Not very sure on this one, and this also raises another question that I have. I currently have a 42" 1080p tv (1920x1080) (More tech specs on the TV can be found here: http://www.vizio.com/vw42lfhdtv10a.html), and I was curious if this would be suitable for a monitor (instead of purchasing a new monitor). I normal sit around 7 feet from the TV, and im not quite sure how internet,desktops, or games would appear on a larger screen.
Additional Comments: This is my first build. I'm very excited to give this all a go, so any advice/personal experiences are more than welcome. I play games similar to WoW, and really want this computer to play the upcoming star wars game. I'd also like this computer to remain viable for roughly two years (until I finish college and get my career started). I really do not have any hardware preferences, and I am frankly baffled by the large array of hardware available. If anyone can also offer estimated frame rates on builds, that would also be useful! Thanks for any help in advance!
try going amd, and get a beastly video card, that would be your best bet with this budget. As for the monitor, a TV is kinda to big to play games. Its nice to watch movies though
estimated guess for a budget would be
amd cpu+mobo ~$200
memory 4gbx2 $50
The price can definitely be lowered by finding various discounts to perhaps 500 or lower. If you have an Microcenter nearby you can get the amd athlon2 x4 640+msi mobo for about $100 dollars. and you can get a decent budget rig.
Some advice and personal experience.
Get a sturdy case.
Don't Get a cheap power supply, I would recomend 600w rather than 500w,
1600 Mhz ram is better than 1333, is it worth the extra money in gaming? probably not. and odds are if you do OC your ram speeds will change as well.
Do you need Keyboard///mouse///Case////Operating system?
If you do want to OC i would get an aftermarket cooler and good thermal paste *i'd reccomend artic silver 5 TIM paste*
Wow has become a lot more CPU oriented than gpu, Pretty much only on ultra or the next highest setting, will a modern GPU be pushed to its max, based on your shadow and particle density settings.
Also their are many articles, saying that getting a 250$ GPU and a 75 $ CPU is a bad idea, you will bottleneck your cpu, which can be worse than bottlenecking a GPU, because you CPU controls everything on your system including ram// and the PCI express slot itself.
Wow is known to run better with Nvidia than ATI so you might wanna consider that as well.
I do need a mouth/keyboard/case, however the mouse/keyboard do not need to be included in the package.
In regards to OS, I am a university student, so I can get windows 7 at a discounted price. The above suggested build is better in some aspects, however (as stated before) it seems that that build will surely be bottlenecked by that processor. I don't necessarily want my games to be run on max settings (and im fairly realistic about what im getting at this price range).
Sorry just noticed that chip isnt a 555BE its a 545 (Dont count out unlocking but chances are a little less than 555BE.Still a proven overclocking chip well capable of 4+ Ghz. Also after seeing the "Fan Turbo" on the side of the case ( Really looks like something you'd see on a riced out honda civic lol ) I gotta change my suggestion to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A cool budget HAF for 60 Bucks ! Good luck man
I prefer the previously mentioned build, but have a few questions.... Granted that the processor is OEM, do I need to buy a cooling system for it? The reviews on newegg state that it does not come with one... Also, what is the benifit of using a SDD for the OS? Additionally, is that psu enough if I want to overclock, and will I need additional cooling options? That build puts me 35$ over budget before MIR, which I currently don't have... Any advice would be great
Should come with a cooler, all of the combos I have ordered off newegg have. The SSD for running the OS makes your OS and all the drivers and other software attached to it run much faster.Start ups shut downs and reume are also much faster. The PSU is fine until you want CFX or SLI. Remember that rana isnt much of an overclocker. That phenom will do 4ghz+ right out of the box and despite what screwy said theres a pretty decent chance you get at least a 3 core if not all 4. 2 of the 3 phenoms iv built went 4stable the other did 3 stable. And dont go 1333 on your ram, especially if you want to eventually OC on a locked multiplyer AMD chip like the 450 of 545, you are really going to miss those extra 333 Mhz overhead when you decide to, But anyways nice choice on the HAF, aint that thing sweet!!