Hello community, I was recommended here by a friend. I am currently attempting to build my first computer. I am trying to build the best computer around $700 (not including OS, monitor, or peripherals). Here's my latest selection. Would love to know what people think and if there is anything I may need to change.
The main jobs I will be doing are running Photoshop CS5 and running recent games (Left 4 Dead 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2...etc). I'm also trying to build it so it can last me a couple years and then be able to upgrade in the future. I don't plan on overclocking my system so am not too worried about overheating the CPU. (If I can afford it I will get a CPU cooler...possibly: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Thanks in advance for any and all comments!
I don't trust Raidmax PSUs at all. You should get this instead. Cooler Master Silent Pro 600w 80+ Bronze. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's modular and REALLY quiet. I can't hear it in my case (700w version) plus it's 80+ rated so you know it's a good deal, rather than one with none at all (your current choice.
Thanks for the comments aznshinobi. I will definitely make the change to the Samsung HDD, but in regards to the Mobo and the VPU what are the major differences between the two? One of the issues it looks like with the Asrock MOBO is that there are quite a few more DOA's reported with it. And beside the 3.0 USB connections, is there really any other major difference between the two (for better or for worse)?
As for motherboard, the 870 Is the one I'd recommend because it's cheaper and you really don't need a 790FX-GD70 unless you plan to do CRAZY overclocks as it is pretty good for it. But in terms of performance the 870 is good enough. It overclocks really decently as well. DOA is just the unlucky ones. I don't understand how that is a valid review when many Asus and Gigabyte boards DOA just the same.
Lol, sorry, meant GPU. Thanks for the website links! Gave me a good alternative to think about for these. Also, reviewing products based on how dependable they are to work when first received may not be the best scale to judge on; however, an extra $10/shipping will add up quickly and by the time you get a working one, the price difference may not be so different and could have been worth it just to get the higher end product if more reliable.
^ Yet your board w/o MIR is already 170. Even with the added 10$. You save 70$. If you could the MIR then you still save 50$ which is enough to put into the GPU. The GD70 is reliable don't get me wrong. But the 870 is a great value and very reliable.
That is true..plus it would be one less rebate to take my chances on. I think you talked me into it . I do have one more question...After doing some more reviews I see what you mean about the PSU and how it doesn't seem the most reliable. Do you think 600W will be enough power for the machine? I was debating if it may be better to do 650W-700W?
500w would be enough for CF 6850 and your build. But 600w is the safe side (fact that's recommended for 6870 CF) so on that note your set if you go with the Cooler Master 600w. The reason why I recommended it is because I have the 700w version and it is quiet as it is reliable. Plus the cables are long and sleeved and it is modular so ease on the cable clutter.
I just wanted to say thank you aznshinobi for your very helpful suggestions. I did in fact change most of my selections you recommended. Now I just have to worry about putting it all together when it gets here.
Well you could just check out my siggy then. In the first half that is mostly spent on putting it together. Just check out the video I link. It is a good guide. Putting the computer together is easier than most think.