After switching to a G51JX-X2 laptop for a while and then deciding I missed having a desktop I’ve decided to sell it and start a new build. It’s been a while since I built a machine, though, so I figured I would ask for some help. Here’s what I have so far:
I already have a hard drive (1x 250GB Seagate + 1x 750GB WD), an optical drive (Asus DVD RW), and a monitor (Dell 2408WFP), so I won’t be needing those.
After shipping and taxes, the price comes to $647, $622 if I get the rebate on the video card. I don’t plan to do much gaming, mostly I will be using Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects… occasionally Blender. I might occasionally play MW2, but the next game I actually plan on buying is probably Portal 2; by then I’ll probably have money to buy a better video card.
Anyway, I’d rather not stray from my price point; I’m kind of on a budget. If anyone has better ideas for that price, though, I’d love to hear them.
One question I do have is: Will I be able to do at least some overclocking with the stock cooler? I plan to eventually buy a 3rd party cooler, but I’m hoping to maybe bump the speed up to like 4.2ghz in the mean-time.
Thanks for the input. I’ll keep an eye out for the 560’s but what I’m reading seems to indicate it will be about $80 outside my price-range. Maybe it’ll come out and lower the prices on the old ones a little, though.
Thanks again. The stock cooler input is very reassuring.
I wouldn't trust that power supply though it has got good reviews.
If you get this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(its currently out of stock) you could add another 460 later instead of having to sell one to upgrade. Also its always worth getting the 1Gb version for a few $s more.
Also +1 to getting the 212+