So, I have had a little meltdown (literally) in my pc, and rather than throw good money after bad, I am upgrading my pc. I'm using some of my old parts, but I am looking for some advice on some of the new parts.
1) What is your budget?
2) Are there any brands/resellers that you prefer or any you really don't like?
GPU: Powercolor, Sparkle
3) What tasks will you be performing with the Desktop?
Gaming; Browsing; Statistical Modeling; Videos; Word Processing
4) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
Yes. The new Star Wars MMO and BattleField 3 when they come out, and then a lot of older games and simulation games, etc. Not very many super high end graphics games
5) Do you mind buying parts online without seeing them in person?
6) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS X, Linux, etc.
Windows 7 (I own a copy already)
7) How much hard drive space is needed?
I own the hard drives already (1 200 gb, one 500 gb)
8) What size desktop would you like?(All in one, compact, large)
I own the case already (Xigmatek)
9) Does the case need to be stylish?
10) What resolution will the screen run at? One or Two screens?
This is a little bit more difficult. I own a 20 in. monitor, but I am moving into a studio and not buying cable, so I'd also like to be able to hook my pc up to my 32 in Dynex LCD TV.
11) Do you need any particular hardware?(Ports, HDD slots, double DVD drives, etc.)
12) How would you rate your technical skills?
I am a knowledgeable amateur. I have been assembling, disassembling and fixing computers for the last 5-6 years.
13) Have you ever built a desktop before?
Yes, a dozen times or so, but often with hodgepodge parts
14) Do you need wireless connectivity?
15) When are you going to be building this?
Within the next few days.
16) Have you considered a pre-built desktop? Or even a notebook?
Not in consideration, because I have many of the parts I needs already
17) Are you going to overclock?
Maybe, haven't quite decided yet.
I am upgrading because my 8800GS melted, and in the process melted the sole pci-e connector in my Gigabyte P35-DS3L motherboard. It is a dead end socket, and most of my parts are old anyways, so I have decided that I just want to upgrade, and I will sell my old parts. However, my budget isn't real high, so I am looking at the following parts:
I am a little torn here. I bought a GTX 260 with the hopes of eventually upgrading my system to the new Core i5's and sli'ing the card, but then the motherboard started to crap out. I cannot afford a motherboard that supports SLI, so I have a friend who has said he will buy the 260 for $85 from me, which I would then put towards buying a 6670. I am thinking I could crossfire that, which would give me better resolution on my large tv. Also, if I did that, I know I would need a bridge of some sort, but I'm not quite sure, as I have never built a two card system.
APEVIA JAVA ATX-JV650W 650W ATX12V / EPS12V This part is already owned, works great, and I am planning on keeping it.
This build rounds out to $463, but with instant and mail in rebates and some promo codes I have it runs about $423 including shipping. I am open to suggestions and evaluation. Any help is appreciated. Thanks everyone.
Also, if you're on a budget, you should buy your parts as sales come up over the course of a couple weeks.
CPU: $75 Phenom II x3 720BE
If you're going AMD, go cheap. If you're getting a Bulldozer compatible board, you may as well use a CPU that's almost as fast, but not so expensive as the 955. Also, it might unlock. This was on sale for $60 a couple weeks back.
I don't agree with the low-end crossfire system. It has its merits, but I think you'd spend more time happier buying a $130 6850 and crossfiring that in 6 months or a year.
My experience is that PSU's under a certain price threshold are a crapshoot. Most work fine, some work like ***, regardless of the brand. That being said, this psu isn't particularly old, and the few tests I've run on it have come back clean. I'll consider a new one.
Normally, I would buy parts piecemeal, its how I've built my previous systems. I am moving next Friday, however, and won't have a great setup for receiving packages, as I will be living in a studio in a backyard. It's just not a good situation to be constantly receiving packages.
I'm not entirely sure how to describe what happened. Moved it into a new, much more properly cooled case, and then three weeks later I got a freeze up with mass discoloration. Restarted, and the card couldn't make it past the windows login screen. When I removed the card, it had gotten so hot that it had burnt the EVGA warranty sticker to almost nothing. I'm thinking it got running real hot in my house (sometimes the ambient house temperature is upwards of 85 to 87 degrees), and just couldn't handle it for whatever reason. At this point, it doesn't work; the display from post to login screen is heavily color and placement distorted (lines don't match up, etc).
PSU: Here's why I'm wary of Apevia http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Notice the 550W Antec provides substantially more power on it's +12V rails? With 4 rails, you can only guess how much power is actually delivered (it depends on specifics of the internals of the PSU), but if we are to assume the Antec is made at least as well as the Apevia...
(13A/18A)*550W = 397W. That Apevia is quite likely more on the order of a quality 400W PSU. So I would be careful with that "650W" rating. Another reason I'm wary of Apevia: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Then again, a single 8800GS build should be fine on 400W.
First...Do you live near a Micro Center? That's the most important thing.
You say you have a 20" monitor, but never mention resolution. I will assume 1440x900, which isn't very demanding. You also say $450 max--and since you start with a Phenom build I'm going to try to go as cheap as I can and undercut that by $100. If you're actually set on spending that much, I'd go for an i5-2500K for $205 and spend a little more for the extra longevity. But honestly, I'd wait a couple weeks to see what Bulldozer does to prices.