Hi! So, I'm new to the PC Building business. I'm looking to build my first PC that will be used for a variety of tasks, mainly:
- Video Games (SC2, Diablo 3)
- Light Video Editting (we're talking 3-5 minute videos for family events, works parties, etc)
- A Hybrid HTPC (As in, plugged into my Home Entertainment Center, which right now consists of a HDTV haha) Soon to have Surround Sound, etc. Right now its' "42, will upgrade to "52 soon. Will play Bluray, but mainly 720p/1080p videos that are on the HDD.
The major thing I'm looking for is the ability to upgrade (I'm tired of buying a new computer every 2-3 years when I can simply purchase a new part) and budget. I want to be able to get an above average CPU that can do what I need it to do, reliably, and on a budget. I'm thinking between the $800-1000 range is right where I want to sit, and if I can get by cheaper... great!
I've looked into SLI graphics, and from what I've read the "bang" isn't worth the hassle. I've heard not many games benefit from it, and you really only notice a difference when you're rocking huge resolutions. Many tweaks are needed, etc. Any counter thoughts to this?
The rest of the stuff is run of the mill stuff. Bluray burner, a case, a bluetooth adapter, possibly a wireless network card (but I run wired on my towers), and additional fans if needed. I'm also still torn between an SSD or not... They're just so overpriced, haha.
Total w/ SSD: $960
Total w/o SSD: $825
Your thoughts are VERY appreciated for this novice PC Builder.