I'm really frustrated. I've got about $1100 to throw down on a new gaming rig (but i also need a monitor. preferably 1920x1200). I've never built a pc but i've used them extensively since I was 14, replaced a couple dvd drives and ram and video cards and things of that nature but never fully built one from the ground up and i'm a bit intimidated. I'm having a major problem finding everything i want within my budget that works together! I would post a sample build but i'd just be wasting everyones time reading it because it would be fail.
After looking around I really want to get as much performance as possible for my money, the monitor i'm not that concerned about performance other than its 1920x1200 resolution (not crap though) Only reason I mention it is it has to come out of the $1100, so does shipping and everything. Its a hard cap.
I really would like either an i5or i7 processor, or possibly the amd phenom x4 965
And preferably a very solid video card. Corners can be cut elsewhere if required i guess.
I would like a nice looking case with a full ATX motherboard, and i'd like to also include in the cost one of those killer network cards.
I'm basically wanting a setup that will be fairly first build friendly, as ive read some cases and motherboards are more difficult than others so i need to balance this vs power.
Any help at all will be appreciated. I've spent hours poring over parts and even checking out websites like ibuypower and cyberpowerpc but it just seems like im sacrificing somewhere to stay under $1100 and i really don't want to. It seems like I should be able to get something solid out of this... if i *HAVE* to i could maybe stretch to 1200 (but that has to include shipping remember if free shipping is possible plz god lol)
Due to Sandy bridge recalls it makes sense to wait until April if you can as there price/performance is amazing. If you can't wait either get an AMD Phenom 955BE and a cheap board like the Asrock 870 Extreme 3 and spend the rest of you buget on the best Graphics card/cards you can ie 2 x 6870s or 6950s. Or got for an older intel system with an i5 760 knowing it will cost nearly as much as the 2500K when its nowjhere near as good.
Well I dropped the Killer Network card, and added some arctic compound and im at $1122 now. $22 over but not terrible (though id like to eliminate it somehow)... will i need any additional cooling? should i order any fans or anything?
also is it possible to still get a sandy bridge setup and just rma it later? or use the 6gb/s ports ??
Yes, it is. The problem with the motherboards are just with the 3gb/s ports. You should be able to plug into the 6gb/s with no problems and rma the board later. Only problem will be finding a 1155 motherboard for sale. Tigerdirect, newegg, microcenter and such stores have pulled the 1155 motherboards. But it appears you can still buy the boards from ebay.
I believe you can still get them from amazon too. It didn't look they had pulled them down yet. As far as I could tell, newegg and the other websites have also pulled the processors too.
To be honest if I was you and needed the computer now I would just buy the Sandy Bridge now from amazon and plug all your SATA devices in the 6gb/s ports and then just switch it out when the new boards are out.