Budget Range: I would like to spend no more than a grand, but I will have up to $1,300 available if someone can justify the purchase for me
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Might get back into WoW and would love to be able to max the settings, video making (Xbox live montages with a few friends, just as a side project to see if we are any good) most likely constant music playing, and student work.
Parts Not Required: I would need a keyboard, speakers and an OS. Although i am wondering if i could use my TV as a monitor for the time being? It is a hisense LTDN24V86US 24-inch 1080p LCD TV but I am no expert on if this would be any good.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg preferably, but willing to do Amazon if the price is better.
Country of Origin: US of A
Parts Preferences: I am not picky on the brands, I just want a nice tower that isn't to flashy but looks nice and professional.
Overclocking: Down the road yes, once i get comfortable
SLI or Crossfire: Yes I would like to run either SLI or Crossfire, but only down the road for now I am fine with just one graphics card.
Monitor Resolution: Like I said i would like to be able to use my tv currently if possible, but I have no clue on its resolution. Sorry
Additional Comments: I would like to try and future proof this computer to be able to play games such as WoW like i stated above on max or close to max settings, and hopefully have a nice enough computer to play the new Star Wars mmo when it comes out.
As I stated above, I am looking to go SLI or Crossfire down the road, but mainly im just wanting a graphics card that will be able to handle WoW and the new star wars mmo at near max settings is my goal, I play other games, but they aren't all that graphically intense. So as far as the GPU's go I've really no idea what is the best bang for my buck.
I would also take suggestions on keyboard, mouse, speakers and a monitor if my TV isn't all that great to use as one.
And I believe all of my selections should be compatible but if not please speak up, I will take any suggestions also on improvements thanks again you guys
The parts list looks fine so far. I'm not sure its a good idea to use the TV as a monitor long term. It may get you by for now, but I think you'll find a monitor will be better suited for your purposes. That isn't a brand I trust either. I think the TV will not display text so well.
If you do choose to go with a monitor, I'd suggest 1080p, 24 inch or better, led backlighting. I like my ASUS, so do lots of other folks:
One more thing, for new builds I highly recommend making room in the budget for a boot drive SSD. YES, it will make that much difference.
I've seen sales on the 60GB drives around $100. I am going with a 128GB drive, it seems to be the sweet spot right now. The smaller drives are too slow, the bigger ones too expensive. Prices have been fluctuating, but the Crucial C300 has good performance and cost lower than $2 a gig:
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
Thank you Buzznut for the quick reply and a real big thanks for posting a monitor, I wasn't quite sure what is good in terms of monitors so I am glad you posted one you enjoy and I'll definitely look into a SSD
and thanks JackNaylorPE for the detailed reply, I do really appreciate it
This build allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked MSI gtx 560's later on for SLI. It also includes a after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included, 8GB of low voltage RAM, that new on the market CM Storm Enforcer case, Windows 7, full HD LED 2ms monitor, etc...