My current computer is a Dell Dimension 4600, 1gig of RAM, 75gig harddrive.
And it makes a whine, I'm surprised it has lasted
this long, I got it in 2003....almost 8 years old now.
I've been researching building a computer, starting last June, have gotten some parts,
but have found this forum to be a good place to post a possible build, and get reliable feedback.
I'll use the form suggested in the FAQ:
Approximate Purchase Date: Remaining parts, in the next 2 weeks.
Have bought some already, over the last 9 months.
Budget Range: $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
This will be my main computer, park workstation, part gaming, part general webbrowsing and streaming video (Netflix, Hulu,)
and physical DVDs. I may possibly get a Blu-ray drive, ....but maybe I'll just buy a PS3, and hook it up to the same monitor. I have
an xbox 360 currently hooked up to it. I don't need crazy power-gaming, or intense video or 3D rendering.
Applications: Adobe CS3 Creative Suite (mainly Photoshop)
Games: Starcraft 1 & 2, Half-Life 2, The Old Republic MMO. Possibly newer games, just haven't tried them since my
current system is so slow. Haven't purchases Starcraft 2 yet, but plan to play it...and Diablo III.
Parts Not Required: Monitor (using an HP 2709m 27inch monitor, great monitor, BUT, only one HDMI input)
Speakers (M-Audio AV 40)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com newegg.com microcenter.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: Maybe, I'm new to it, ...if I did, it would be not major. If I get a 3.3 CPU, the most I would clock to would be 4.0.
I've heard that's pretty easy with an i5-2500K or i7-2600K
SLI or Crossfire: Not right now, I'm just planning on using one Graphics Card, and just need a pretty good card,
I don't need the super graphics for "Crysis 2", but....I do have a large monitor, so I wouldn't want it to look choppy.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 27inch LCD
My case has a side window, I do want it to look good. I will probably go with simple white lighting inside, I was attracted to the simple black/gray themes, such as the EVGA boards a while ago, but I don't see any 1155s from them recently. The new Gigabyte style looks good, better than the light-blue/white, for my tastes.
My current computer has an annoying high-pitched whine, maybe the power supply? But, it's getting old. I want something relatively quiet. I'm not a power-gamer, I tend to like the fantasy/sci-fi adventure stuff...Myst, WoW,...some strategy, such as Starcraft, and Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. But, I want a good graphics card that can handle pretty good gaming, and also video, such as any DVDs I play, or possibly Blu-ray, if I decide to install a drive for it. Also, streaming video is choppy for me right now, I'd love if it was smoother, and could handle large resolutions, to fit my 27inch monitor.
I bought an i7-950, in September, but sold it on ebay after Sandy Bridge came out.
So, now I'm looking to get one at microcenter,
$180 for an i5-2500K,
or $280 for an i7-2600K
I may want to save money, get the i5, and put that toward a solid state drive, for operating system.
I'm leaning towards a Gigabyte, that has the look that I want, mostly black. But, motherboards I don't know a ton about.
I'm going to be only using one graphics card, at the most, adding 1 more for SLI. I'll need SATA 6 for a solid state, probably.
Most likely I'll use ATX format, since I have the case for it.
I'm not sure, the most I would spend is in the $270 range, but would prefer at or under $200.
Originally I was thinking GTX 460, of some sort, then 560ti, but now the April "best graphics card" for the
money has me confused. What I want is something that will be good for my 27inch monitor, DVD or Bluray
playback...streaming video, and games. Also, I want to keep the noise down, a quiet card would be good,
especially for multi-media. I've heard the AMD cards can be louder than Nvidia?