Hey guys, I need some advice to come to a decision. My 8 year old pc has now become a master of its own will and it does random things like the blue screen once in a couple of months, plays dvds when it feels like it and so on and so forth. So I am trying to decide on what to do next. Whether to go for a full build or to get me a barebone kit...
So here goes..
Approximate Purchase Date: The sooner the better
Budget Range: $400-600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect/Compusa, Frys or Newegg (Tigerdirect and Frys have a local store in town so would prefer that first)
Parts Preferences: Prefer AMD, Nvidia for graphics card
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Still using the old Dell crt monitor 19inch.
Additional Comments: Was thinking of getting a new monitor or getting a 32inch lcd tv (monitor or tv not included in the above budget) and use it as monitor as well, though I am not sure how playing counter-strike on that would feel like!! Have heard people say you will be looking left and right a lot cuz of the big screen! Counter-strike is about the only game I play on the pc so far and very rarely play the old novalogic f-22, mig-29, f-16 games.
My current pc has the Asus Socket 939 mobo with Athlon processor, 1gb ram, nvidia GeForce 7900 512mb, 2 NEC dvdrw, a floppy and media reader combo, 160gb hd, win xp pro on it. I also have windows ME, so have a choice of putting xp pro or windows ME on the new pc. I was wanting to do a full reinstall but have lost the drivers cd that came with the mobo and the downloaded files from asus site somehow end up being corrupted. Maybe I could just swap out the mobo, install more memory and put in a new graphics card and a new hard-drive.
I was thinking of getting one of these barebone kits from tigerdirect:
1) MSI 785GTM-E45 Phenom II X4 Barebones Kit $310 after rebates
None of those barebones kits are particularly good. Better off just putting a build together yourself. The issue right now is that Bulldozer is coming soon and Phenom architecture is REALLY old now, and honestly IMO is not something you should grab at this point. The budget alternative is the cheaper intel chips, but none of those OC and the mobo's aren't the cheapest for them.
If you really need a PC now, I'd go with something along these lines.
Please... don't purchase those barebone kits from TigerDirect. While I do use TigerDirect quite often for just individual parts, the barebone kits they offer are often full of sub-standard parts. As well, upgrading your current computer just isn't worth it. You pretty much need a complete overhaul for it to make any difference.
If you are going to be building the computer yourself, you may as well just purchase the parts individually yourself. If you can find some bundle deals you can often save yourself a bit of money too.
For your new build, I was going to suggest an I3 build and post you some links, but it looks like banthracis beat me to it .
Sorry guys my computer had decided to take a vacation. Thanks for your replies. So taking your advice I am going the intel route and also avoiding the barebone from tigerdirect. Was looking up a few things and came across some components so tried a different mix. How about this build?