Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month
Budget Range: $950 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: light gaming mostly WoW, photo editing, internet surfing, watching movies (Netflix)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, DVD drive, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I have them listed. Need recommendations on towers.
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I have never tried to build a computer before so I really want honest opinions/criticism/suggestions here. What I want is something that can handle moderate gaming, some photo editing and will have room to grow. I especially want to play WoW at max settings without lag.
I already have 2 cases at home to choose from but wouldn't mind getting some suggestions. Also have a DVD burner and a 500 GB Seagate Barracuda Hard drive which I plan on using as media storage only.
So, am I making smart choices? Will these components work well together? Am I leaving something out?
I don't want to have to rebuild from scratch in 2 years time! I want this to last me at least 4 years with minor upgrades (i.e. videocard, more RAM, etc.) down the road. Even then, I would like it if my motherboard went beyond 4 years but is that possible if I want to upgrade the CPU at that time?
^ If the X4 955 will hold good or not after 2 years will totally depend on your requirements,... Say if you get into pro or even semi-pro photo editing, then I doubt this PC will be fast enough,...
You can take a look at the Intel's new CPUs, though the CPU would cost higher than the 955, but if you get a non-Crossfire board, then you can find many good ~$100 boards for it, thus would cost you similar to the above CPU+Mobo, but will certainly offer very good CPU performance and would also hold up much longer than the 955,...
Thanks for your suggestions. I will certainly take them into consideration.
I keep wondering about the PSU, though. I thought the Rosewill had decent reviews, so which brand do you recommend? I've heard Corsair is supposed to be top of the line but expensive. Can I go with lower wattage just to get a better quality PSU and not sacrifice performance?
The $950 has to include a monitor, OS, and wireless network adapter.
I've been thinking about going with a Sandy Bridge build instead but I would definitely have to go with a smaller video card than the HD6950. I have been considering the GTX 460 and going with the 8GB (2x4GB) RAM.