I shopped around at different gaming system dealer websites and was shocked at the prices I would pay without having much of a selection for parts, brands, or other customization. I asked my friend if he would help me, since he built his own gaming computer. He agreed to help and is excited about it.
The reason I asked for $825 is because I figure shipping is gonna be around $25. I don't want to go over $850 because I still want to put about $100 of my income tax refund ($940) in the bank. I am going to be a first time system builder and want to know if the build I chose is overkill in any area, if I picked a bad brand for a component, or if a bit of extra money give a big performance gain. I picked out parts through research, using a combination NewEgg ratings and what I read on forums.
I look forward to any responses,
Approximate Purchase Date: April 16 - 18
Budget Range: Less Than $860 (before mail-in rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Recording with Fraps, Internet Browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, OS (OS only $20 with student discount)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel Sandybridge K (CPU), Radeon (GPU), CM 690 II Advanced (Case)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Additional Comments: I am an MMO gamer and don't play FPS games (EDIT: Games I play are much more processor intensive than GPU). Current system is Dell Dimension 9100 (almost 5 years old). I'm ready for a change and excited to see how much of a difference a new system will make.
Parts Already Selected (open to changes/suggestions of course)
Thanks for your reply Martin. I did just make one adjustment to my build, I switch the Corsair PSU for a Seasonic because it was modular. I'm a newb to PSUs but this unit seems to have good reviews and the ability to only attach neccesary cables for less clutter seems like a good idea: