Well, tax refund money has come and it's burning a hole in my pocket. I got the OK from the wife, and after much delay it's finally time to build me a new gaming PC.
I'm looking to spend around 800 dollars for the computer, without a monitor. I'm looking into getting a new monitor also, but that may wait a bit.
So here we go...
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week
Budget Range: 800-900
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mainly, it's mostly going to be gaming along with gaming related programs. I play MMO's mostly, so Vent, TS, and internet pages will be open while the game is running. I'll do other general computer stuff also, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger Direct, Newegg, wherever is cheaper. Newegg charges tax where I am, Tiger Direct does not. I live in NJ if that helps. I don't mind ordering parts from multiple websites, and planned on doing that and ordering wherever is cheaper on each part.
Country of Origin: USA: New Jersey
Parts Preferences: No real preference, just the most bang for the buck really.
Overclocking: No, don't plan on it at least.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but it's something I will do later if I ever do.
Monitor Resolution: Right now I have a 19inch Monitor running at 1280x1024. I do plan on getting a new larger monitor looking at something around 27 inches
Additional Comments: Nothing too specific here, just the most bang for the buck with room to upgrade as time progresses and I may need to.
Here is what I have so far, let me know what you guys think.
Now I've heard about some problems with the Sandy Bridge CPU's and Motherboards, is this something I shouldn't buy because of this? Or is anything I order safe? I'd rather order the computer now instead of waiting a month or two. I don't want problems down the road with this computer. I'd be open to other setups as long as it's around the same price.
I also know I don't "need" 8 gigs of ram, but for another 50 bucks I think I'm just going to go ahead and purchase it because I've always been of the mind of "You can never have too much ram"
So any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all very much for your advice.
Finally, that case is pretty, but there is only one fan! Get some extra 120 mm case fans. Oh, and if you are going to MicroCenter, they have the Elite 430 case for $35, which is just as nice as the 912. They have cheaper fans too.
Correction on the 912 case fans: there are two now shipped with that case. I would still recommend additional fans to improve the airflow.