Approximate Purchase Date: mid to late summer 2011
Budget Range: $1000-$1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: --
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: whatever a 19" monitor can do that costs ~$130
Additional Comments: I am a comp. laymen still learning all this stuff
I have been pouring through this site reading all I can to try and learn everything I can. First a little background on what ya'll are dealing with.
I have always had low end comps. from dell or walmart. For instance my main comp. now is an AMD Anthlon 2850e from walmart i bought about a year ago. Before that i had a dell 4700 series stock with an 80gb HD w/ a CRT 17" monitor. So to say I am behind the times is putting it mildly.
Reading this site I see people talking about FPS's on games of 100ish and resolution I didnt even know existed. Lets just say for years I have been playing games on the lowest setting and a good FPS for me is 15 to 20 in WoW in a 1200ishx900ish resolution, heck sometimes 800x600.
Now that ya'll have the background here is what I need help on. I have read tecmo34's "recommended builds by useage" and I just have a couple questions.
First i am looking at his $1,100 gaming build. With those components plus the below items, is this all i would need for a complete build?
windows 7 OS -64 bit
I have a router but do I need to buy the device the ethernet cable hooks into on the comp. for internet access? or does that come on another piece of hardware i am already going to buy? sorry I dont know the technical name for it. Am i missing anything?
Also let me say, acceptable gaming performace for me would probably be 30 to 50 fps on the best reso a 19" monitor can get me. So if you see me needing to tweak tecmo34's build please just let me know what i should change. I'd like to keep the CPU and MOBO if possible so in the future i could upgrade to dual graphics cards.
Any input on this and other pointers would be appriceated.
Check out my website, I think that the 600$ build would work for your resolution. You don't really need a 1000$ build.
If you want a 1000$ build, you really should just get a bigger monitor resolution because at such a low res. A 150$ card could easily max out any game even crysis at that resolution. To powerful of a card would bottleneck. So you got to balance the power in a sense.
Dude--I was gonna list your site to save myself time!
Anyways OP, come back when you're ready to build because parts and prices will change. But a computer doesn't have to cost $1000. My current one was only like $700 and that's because I wasted some money. My last one was $360.
Thanks for the input ya''ll. I'm so far behind on computer technology I really didnt know where to start. I'd guess every computer I have ever owned has been a good 10 years behind state of the art. So it's hard to tell what i need just by the component description.