I'm considering throwing myself and a slab of disposable income into the wonderful world of computer building, and this looks like a pretty good place to grab some sagely advice on the topic. I'm a total noob, but I think I've done my homework and have a good setup (haven't baught anything yet).
Approximate Purchase Date: End of September. Budget Range: Stuff listed below adds up to about £500 ($790). System Usage: Games, sending inane Facebook messages. Parts Not Required: Case. I already have a rubbish one but will be upgrading ASAP. Have a 42" Samsung LCD for display and decent wireless mouse and keyboard. Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK or EU based. Country of Origin: England. Parts Preferences: None, as long as they're reliable. Overclocking: Mabye, but only very gently if I do it at all. SLI or Crossfire: no, but mabye in future upgrads. Monitor Resolution:1680x1050, or not much higher. Additional Comments: Please save me from myself!
I think that's everything covered. Would this rig be good enough to run the latest games with all the bells and whistles (at the listed screen res, anyway)? Any advice and constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers for the tips, all. Here's a revised setup that only adds about £40 to the price tag (as long as the OCUK special offers hold). I originally had the Crosshairs motherboard in mind but thought it might be a tad overkill, but I suppose I'll at least break even thanks to it's future-proofing. Also, the graphics card comes with lots of toys!
Yeah, I think I'll go with the second, slightly more opulent build sourced from OCUK I posted after the original one (possibly dropping to 4gb of ram). The links I posted in the OP were all UK and EU (AFAIK), but OCUK seems to have a much better stock, customer service and delivery service (as well as being generally cheaper).
Right! Now I just need to buy the stuff and not set myself on fire with it!