Hi guys, first time posting here, first time building a computer, any tips appreciated. I have a list of parts and I'd love input as to any changes I should make.
Approximate Purchase Date: January Next Year, Probably getting parts as I go along...
Budget Range: $1200ish Australian
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing games (Fallout: New Vegas, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Dead Space 2)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Something that ships to/in Australia
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: Would prefer Intel over AMD unless AMD would be ALOT better.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - (Do I need this?)
Monitor Resolution: I have an Optima L903A, which is apparently 1440x900 (Didn't get to check before computer died). Should I get a different monitor if I want to game and if I do get another monitor how hard would it be to set up two monitors?
Additional Comments: Need to be able to get everything in Australia (imported if need be). Would like to be able to watch full 1080p video without lag (Though I'm pretty sure something like this will) - I realise I will need a 1080p monitor for this, which I can quite easily get/add later.
This is the list I was given by someone else (any suggested changes will be taken into account):
My 1st tip would be NOT to 'buy parts as you go a long'.
Reality... by January next year the system you could build would be very different from what you would purchase today. I have never seen any good come of buying parts over a period of time. Tell me, what does a 6870 or i5 2500K do sitting on your desk without a system to put it in? Nothing. Save your money and when you have it all together, then build. Your final system will be much better for it. Keep reading about people's builds on this website and others and you'll be able to refine your choices up to the point you have the money required, post a list then and get the feedback. PCCaseGear is a good Aussie website. Some others incase you missed them:
The MSY website is nasty but they are usually about as cheap as it gets! Check 1st that there is one near you and then I just download the updated pdf pricelist and give them a call for stock availability, exact part info etc. Even if you can get your case and psu from them you'll reduce your shipping $ a bit.
Have to second the comments about MSY - they are a good source of parts at excellent prices. If you go to their store, you may have to wait in a queue for a while, but the prices make it worthwhile. They don't stock more obscure parts, though.
PC Case Gear (who you referenced) is good for parts that you can't find elsewhere, but they can be a little more expensive. AUS PC Market is similar. There are others, but many of them depend on which state you are in.
I have to agree with Formata - don't buy pieces as you go along. January is far enough away that new things will be announced. You don't want to be looked into a dying architecture. Bear in mind that Sandy Bridge will be about a year old by January. You might be able to get the next generation - maybe next generation CPU, or RAM, or GPU - we don't know.
About the only things you can sensibly buy now are things like the case and power supply - they are unlikely to change