This will be my first custom rig that I will actually be putting together... Ordering mainly from Newegg and I'm really just planning on playing WoW and Battlefield 3 on medium / high settings when it comes out. I'm hoping the rig wont become dated for atleast a couple years and want it to be reliable. It's basically the $500 rig that they featured on this site ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-pc-ph... ) but I had to change the case, power supply, and processor because of out of stock items. I just want to make sure everything here is good and approved by people who know what they're talking about, because I sure don't.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two.
Budget Range: $600 final price. With rebates, shipping, etc. (Give or take ~$20 is fine)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Internet, School work.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or TigerDirect (TD if it's just one or two parts).
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: AMD build, other than that no strong preferences.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 or possibly 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be flashy. OS: Windows 7 Premium 64 bit.
Total with shipping and discounts/ rebates included: $583.51
So my questions to you guys: What do you think about the rig? Will it all fit in the tower I chose? Is there anywhere where I can save or should be spending more? And anything else you feel like saying?
Thank you so much this community has been extremely helpful so far
And perhaps you could think about a small SSD (64GB) for OS and productivity software. I bought a X25-M last year after using RAID0 74GB Raptors and the improvement in speed and responsiveness was night and day.
Other than those, this should do okay as a low to mid level gaming rig for a couple years.
Singemagique: I read somewhere earlier today that there was hardly a difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM. Is that true? And that small drive is a good idea, I'll look into it. What's productivity software though?
Mattius92: Hmmm, it probably would be a good idea to buy a PSU from a more reputable company.
You are correct, there will only be a minor (a few %) increase in performance by using 1600 ram. That said, that motherboard supports it and the price difference is only ~$15. Also, the ram you have listed does not have a heat spreader and you should keep that in mind if you do plan on overclocking it.