I've recently joined this forums in seek for help on building a new computer. I'm not quite sure what information is needed, but I will try my best. Also, this will be my first desktop that I actually assemble from scratch. (I've took apart several desktops before, but not newer ones. Any suggestions to assist me in assembling this computer?)
Purchase Date: 1-2 Months (depends on how long it takes me to get another $500)
Price: $1,200 - $1,500
Location: OH, USA
Use: Gaming (Team Fortress 2, Vindictus, Crysis 2, Others), Programming, Music, Photoshop, AutoCAD, School Work (Simulators, Debugs, Networking)
Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, Good Cooling System
Preferences: 1920x1080 HD 20" LCD Monitor, cheap mouse/keyboard nothing special on those, Windows 7, AMD Motherboard (not a huge fan of Intel, but if you think it's better please explain why.)
Additional: I'm not exactly sure how to overclock or what CrossfireX or SLI is, so I most likely won't be using those until I extend my knowledge on them. I would like it to be able to overclock to decent speeds, but nothing too high.
Intel CPUs are stronger, and given your uses you need a strong CPU. This is not open to debate, Intel has been making the strongest CPUs for the last 3 years or so. At various price points, AMD has the better VALUE... but you need a stronger processor, that will perform well at a wide variety of tasks.
You could get an AMD build now, and hope that when the next generation of AMD CPUs is released they will be competitive. They were recently delayed because they were NOT competitive though. Current schedule is Q4 I think.
As a student you will be able to get a heavy discount on the OS, Win 7 64-bit.
That's what I heard, but the prices are seem so overpriced after looking at the cost of AMD motherboards... but I guess that makes sense if they are really that strong. I made an AMD build with some of the similar parts that you posted. Could you help me combine them and find what is best suitable for me.
Arctic Silver 5 was good 3 years ago, but time marches on. AS5 has a long cure time (200 hours) and needs replacing every few years. My recommendation is just a bit more effective and has no cure time, and is inexpensive.
How do I go about getting this student discount on Windows 7? Also which version is that? (Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium, 64/32-bit)
I'll work on making a new build with combining some parts and post it up later. Also is i7 any better than the i5 because I would like this computer to last a good few years if it is possible and maybe have it open to being upgradeable.
In Autocad i7 2600K would be the very best processor. Well, the i7 990X would be the very best but it's too expensive.
Calculating dollar to performance and taking all your uses into account, my best estimate for you runs something like this:
i5-2500K (will do all your stuff very well, but not as strong in Autocad as the i7)
i7 2600K (stronger in multi-threaded apps like autocad, but your budget could use that extra for a GPU))
AMD X6 1100T (weaker by a good bit in most apps to the 2500K, but probably faster in Autocad)
After combining the two builds here's what I've came up with. It is still on the expensive side, but that shouldn't be a problem for the performance that it will be giving me. Also how long do you think this would last before parts will need to be replaced?
I like it.
On the discount, those are normally available through the school bookstore. MS does provide upgrade versions directly for cheap, but they require something to upgrade from... Like XP or Vista. I think Digital River is handling those.
Alrighty, I'll look into that. I'm not sure if my school would offer anything like that, but next year I will be going to a post-secondary school which most likely will have something like that (going for Computer Networking Technology).
Anyways thanks for the help and for making that wonderful guide that helped me a lot. Now I just have to look forward into saving up the rest of the money I need and buying this!
Should I practice on a lower-end computer that doesn't work because I don't have much experience in building a completely new computer, but I think I have the knowledge on doing it. My main problem will probably be the cords or if something doesn't fit correctly.