As redundant as this sounds in the forums here I am planning on building my first computer. My knowledge of computers is very limited and I have been looking at pre-built rigs on various websites. I have been going back and forth between just buying one already made or building my own. The more I research the less appealing pre-builts are for numerous reasons but mostly pricing. While looking I came across a do it your self combo on newegg.com that I think would be best for my beginner status but also give me good quality parts for decent price.
Thank you in advance for your time and input. I also apologize if I leave out anything or sound noobish in this thread.
Purchase Date: Hopefully within the month.
Price Range: $800ish, which I have already exceeded.
System Usage: Gaming (WoW, Civ5, World in Conflict, etc.), music, browsing, Photoshop
Parts Not Required: I will eventually buy a mouse/keyboard combo and monitor down the road, but for now not needed.
All these parts together $749.93 but get a combo discount which makes it drop to $690.98
GPU: Help please. I would like a card that will last me for at least a few years but not outrageously expensive. I have been checking the benchmark performances for different GPU's for price/performance cards where Radeon HD 6850 ($166.99) caught my eye. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
The DIY combo plus the GPU card (around $166.99) would be over my $800 mark. I also still need to factor the OS which I would need to purchase Windows 7 ($114.99). All this comes to a total of
around $975 which I am comfortable with as long as this would last me for at least 4-5 years.
Not sure if I am missing anything that would be crucial to building a computer. Any advice would be thankful!
Lets talk this out. The first thing that springs out is that you aren't a hardcore gamer or overclocker. With this taken into account, that combo is hella overkill. The biggest waste of money in that combo is the P67 Sabertooth. It's a very expensive mobo, and you would be better off with one that's $130.
The other thing is the 2500k processor. It's a very good one, but only if you intend to overclock. But since it's only $25 more than the i5-2400, we'll build around the 2500k.
Also that PSU isn't the best. It's OK, but not the best.
$750. Throw in windows 7, and you only go $50 over the mark mark.
This uses the 2500k, a highly overclockable processor. Also uses the 6870, one of tom's best value cards. These will provide a VERY potent combo. This is WAY overkill for what you need, but I figure you might wanna be able to play some of the big games (Can you say, BF3? ) at some point. It also shows that money can be maneuvered much better when you know what you want.