Desktop from Scratch. Do not need a monitor, do not need an OS.
Pretty damn sure: CPU: i5-2400 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 CASE: Antec 300 Illusion
OPTICAL DRIVE: LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS50 Bulk – OEM VS ???
*Note* Would love Blu-ray but don't want to break the bank...
HDD: Samsung F3 1tb VS Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
GPU: At a later date I guess... this is getting expensive but I would rather get the important future-proof parts (mobo, cpu and just upgrade the vid card in a month or two)
Let me know what you think so far, and if you can provide any input or alternatives. I'm not worried about spending the extra cash to get something better, as long as it's not tons more.. Like what I did by adding $60 for quad core, which is good for the long run).
A few more developments as my research continues... =P
1) I'm going to use my 32" HDTV ( Specific model is: Panasonic-VIERA-TC-L32C3 ) as a monitor for the meantime..
2) So this means, I will need either DVI or HDMI output yes? Are there any certain mobo's that accomodate this or am I going to run into a problem? I see that the Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 has two HDMI inputs as well as an PC Input = D-sub 15-pin x 1
3) Won't have a Video Card for a few months, so just wondering what kind of games I could play with the on board graphics..
4) Any suggestions for MOBO's under $150 preferably would be good. I will start ordering parts tomorrow, or tonight if everything looks good.
I know you're looking for a second opinion, but I'm gonna give my thoughts once again/
I would get the Z68 D3H. The only beef I have with it is that it doesn't have full 7.1 audio, but isn't required unless you have said audio system lol.
With the Intel IGP Graphics 2000, you won't be able to game, pretty much at all. However, You can grab a cheap 5670 or 5570 (~$60) and throw that in there until you get a better card. Now the reason I suggest this is because it's surprisingly easy to sell these. Both cards don't require a 6 pin PCI cable, meaning they will work in almost all prebuilt machines.
Why is this important? Tell one of your buddies that you will sell them the card and install it for like $40 I once sold a GT 220 that i stripped from a free machine for $30 this way. Just tell them they can actually play games with it as long as they have a dual core.
Well I've rambled enough, so I'll leave it at that.