This is my first build.... ever. So please help a newbie out, guys. Any ideas or glaring errors in the setup?
Usage: I'm gonna use for mostly movie-watching, music listening, and general internet surfing. The rare game (I want to play Starcraft 2 sometime), but otherwise, I usually use my PS3 for games.
I know that you're usually supposed to put bigger hard drives on a Movie/Music build, but hard drives get cheaper with time, so I figure I'll add that in later, and get the better processor/motherboard/case/power supply now?
I'm trying to keep this under $800 right now. By my current calculations, it's around $770, give or take $20.
Things I'll add later: Optical Drive (Blu-Ray drive)
Specific question: Is this build a little TOO overpowered for my purposes? Could I cheap out significantly? (because, to be honest, this price tag is near my upper limit of tolerance. If there's any good stuff I can get cheaper, please suggest!)
Also, for agruement sake, the total cost of the FM1 system you put together is $260 for CPU, MB and GPU. For that price you can get into an AM3+ system that would fair better on the graphics side. The HD 6670 is a great budget gaming card, plus it shines in an HTPC application. Both of these systems have plenty of power to do what you are after, but the HD 6670 would give you a leg up while gaming. Just something to consider...
Total = $640
(I would've liked a $550 price point, but i can live with this)
For a system that will mostly be multi-tasking, internet surfing, movie-watching, music-listening, and a rare game (Starcraft 2 is the only game I can think of that i want to run, currently), how is this system?
Also, how does the AM3+ system compare to this system, in terms of what I'm gonna use it for? I cut down on the MOBO, so it's a little pricier now... would be it worth the upgrade.
i'm sorry and i appreciate the effort, sadams, but that overshoots my budget by quite a bit.
my original budget had included the monitor, which your build didn't. that makes your build about $160 more than mine.
and i'm actually not looking to build towards gaming.... just looking to build towards general everyday tasks (internet browsing, HD videos, music-listening, multi-tasking). Basically, paying for about $250 for Starcraft 2 (which is what adding an extra GPU + buying the game), is not something i'd be interested in. It would have been nice to be able to play it, but in the end, i've realized i'm not looking to completely make a whole system for it.
I'm also thinking about just building a i3-2100 system, and not using a discrete GPU with that (or, just leaving an open possibility of a future upgrade, but not right now). It would cost about the same, with only the CPU/MOBO options changing in my build.... what does everyone think about that?
yeah, i've looked into a A6 build as well, as it would be more budget-friendly...
my main head-scratching decision right now is A8/A6 vs Phenom II X4 w/GPU vs Phenom 555 w/GPU vs i3-2100 w/GPU.
The thing about the separate GPU options is that i can probably use integrated graphics (in the case of i3-2100) for a lot of my purposes for the time-being... but then get a discrete GPU later IF i want to game later. It allows for expandability in a way that the Llano models don't quite, i think (cuz then the separate GPU options would be more powerful than the Llano models, given a separate GPU).
....what do you guys think about that line of thinking? i dont know, theres just so many options right now, its hard to wrap my head around all of them.
So, I guess I want my budget to be around $650 right now, including a good monitor (~$150). I can roll with that for awhile and add a discrete GPU for gaming later, if i feel it's necessary, i guess.