I am looking to put together a totally new system and have no clue about what parts I should get. I've never put together my own system, but have been told by just about everyone I know that it is more effective/cheaper to put together your own system by buying parts and assembling the computer yourself. I do have a friend who is good at putting together machines who would be able to help me out with assembly. I also have a friend who followed tonkatuffmofo's build here and is very pleased, so I thought I could kind of use this as a base build and upgrade appropriately based on my budget:
Based on my budget, I may not want to use any of the parts here... I am just referencing this build because I have a friend who was happy with it so don't feel like you have to use any of these parts at all. I am able to spend in the neighborhood of $1500-$2000 and would like my system to be concentrated in general performance and graphics performance.
I'll paste the build linked above here for convenience with the differences in budget etc:
Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month
Budget Range: $1500-$2000 pre-rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly WoW), Video playback, media center
Parts Not Required: none. I would need everything including montior, keyboard, mouse.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No preferences. Just looking for great performance.
Overclocking: I would be interested in exploring this but it isn't a must.
SLI or Crossfire: I would like the best graphics possible while not sacrificing general performance otherwise. I am assuming I would want an SLI/Crossfire enabled build.
Monitor Resolution: I use 1280X800 on a laptop I have. Whatever is normal for gaming would be fine.
Additional Comments: Just want a high performing gaming system for the most part.
tonkatuffmofo 10-20-2010 at 08:53:59 AM
This is probably a more balanced build with some better quality components in the mix.
Went for a phenomII tri core with 6mb L3 cache @ 3ghz, Reason being by using core unlocker in the bios of the selected mobo you get a quad core @ 3ghz for $88
This build is complete with OS for $744.90 after MIB of about 25 bucks
You could gut another 30 or 40 bucks out of it by going for a cheaper case and psu but personally this build would serve you very well.
I should also mention that I would like to have something that would last and be upgradeable as time goes on. I would also like a good sound card/speakers... don't have to be the greatest, but above average at least.
If a major difference (SLI vs. non-SLI for example) could be made in the system by adding up to an extra $500 on the budget I'd be willing to consider putting the money out for that.
Bumping up. I could really use the help guys and honestly I've totally fallen out of the loop with regard to computer components over the years. I guess what I am asking is if you wanted to build the best gaming computer with emphasis on graphics, performance, upgradeability, staying power and to a lesser degree, sound what parts would you get (newegg is fine) for up to $2000 maybe $2500 if the extra would make a huge difference. I'm completely lost on what I should get for my budget range.
this does not include a separate sound card, but I`m not an expert in this area; heard creative cards can be good. If it were me I would stick with the integrated sound on the motherboard in that build as it includes decent sound quality. As for speakers I found this article here: http://reviews.cnet.com/best-pc-speakers/ hopefully that could be of some help. For more help in this area you could also create a separate thread in CPU & Components for sound card and speaker specific questions.