Hi everybody. I've read the forums here and shopped around at newegg.com and microcenter.com until my head is spinning! Finally have pieced together a possible build and am seeking advice on if this is reasonable, if there are better options, etc. I've never built my own machine before, but have poked around a bit installing cards, hard drives, etc. I think with a step-by-step guide I can manage this.
I think it is amazing that people here are so willing to offer their expertise, so thank you in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP (within a month)
Budget Range: $800-900
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (mostly WoW, but want the option of playing newer games), web browsing, some video streaming (i.e. Netflix)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, sound card, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com (there is one nearby, but I'm open to others)
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: AMD processor, open on the rest
Overclocking: Not likely
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050 (current - am open to higher!)
Additional Comments: If there are any pieces or supplies I haven't included, please let me know. I want a decent computer that will last me a few years and won't be completely outdated the minute I turn it on.
Thank you, WR2. Do you (or anyone) have any suggestions for a better motherboard? I just saw the MSI 870A-G54 in another recommendation on these forums so assumed it was good and didn't really read up on it (my mistake). I'm also reconsidering cases per your suggestion - kind of like the NZXT M59.
The power supply I mentioned is out of stock - would the following be sufficient? (It is 80+ certified)
New total: $777
with rebate: $737
(totals assume 6% sales tax since you want instore)
This will run anything you play at max settings. Games I have personally tested (at max settings at 1920x768 with the same CPU, GPU, and MOBO and memory):
STALKER: Call of Pripyat
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Psychonauts (because it is a GREAT game, and you need to play it if you have not lol)
Just Cause 2
Two Worlds 2 (everyone has a white head for some reason) (demo)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Civilization V (DX11)
Some Notes from my build:
The M4N68T-M v2 board seems to be a great board and includes an unlocker and a turbo key, I have yet to use the turbo key. The only real problems I have at this point are concerning the borad, however, but it is to be expected for a free board I suppose:
2 slots for memory (max of 8GB supported)
1 PCI-Ex16 slot
The GTX460 is big enough to block my PCI-E slot, meaning I can not put my WLAN chip in. Which sucks since I already have one handy
Otherwise the board seems real nice so far.
No cpu cooler is needed if your not going to OC. Coretemp shows my CPU at 44-48 degrees at most. The stock CPU cooler is good to go.
* If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3 CPU will not be impacted. Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.
Get a 560 Ti which will fit in your budget, lower your case from 120$ to a 80$ exemple a HAF 922 which has great air flow. For 80-100$ you would get 8GB ram, therefore the 40$ for 4GB advices from the other members are great. PSU : If you want SLI two 560 get a Corsair 750tx otherwise anything within 550-650 will run a 560. And no you don't need a extra cooler for your CPU if you're not going to OC. Anyways you can always get one later.