System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe someday
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: Hi all, I've been lurkin around the site for the last year. Hopefully, I'm ready for my first build. Please let me know if you see any compatability issues, glaring mistakes, etc. Also any advice on your experience with particular parts would be welcome. I would like to be able to play the newest games with this PC, although they don't have to be on the highest settings. Thanks in advance for your help.
Thanks for the info, Why_Me. I'll be checking those components out.
A few specific questions:
1) What should I be looking for in a motherboard, beyond the requisite RAM and PCI slots?
2) I see a lot of recommendations for the 560 Ti. Would that be overkill at my monitor's resolution (1680 x 1050)?
3) Anyone have experience with the Fractal R3 case? Noise dampening sounds like a plus. However, I was wondering if noise dampening = less air = higher fan speeds = more noise = what's the point.
Thanks for the help.
For the mobo...look for one that supports both SLI and Crossfire along with dual cards running @ x8...which that one up above does. Spacing on a board is another biggie. Most the cards these days are two slot cards and are going to cover up some slots, but not many peeps use any slots other than the PCI-E slots (vid cards) and maybe a PCI slot for wireless adapter or a sound card for the hard core audiophile.
As far as the 560ti goes with your resolution...it's a match made in heaven.
No idea about that case...never used it before. Google some reviews on it maybe and see what you come up with.