This post is from my thread in the prebuilt forum, but since i am now changing to building it myself I wanted to get as much feedback from the expertise on here. I thank tsnor and vitornob for their input in that thread.
I researched this forum alot of today and came up with a shopping list for a system I plan to self build. Thoughts?
1. NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I figure if I buy from ebay I can do even better price wise. I plan to buy new to get full maufacturer warranties. What do you think of this shopping list? Are these sound compoenets that will work together and drive 3 monitors very well while providing me with the ability to surf the web quickly?
* I also would like a small 40 - 60 gig ssd drive for a dual or triple boot os. * xp/7/ ubuntu and possibly snow leopard (that would be quad boot i know)
saw some posts saying that if you are spending under 500 it may be worth it to go with pre builds. Now im having second thoughts as to building my own. I wouldnt mind a prebuilt TBH, i just dont want to be forced to buy OS and HDD let alone get less value for my hardware
Very important. I would buy all your parts from the same place and not eBay. I always suggest Newegg as they are very easy to work with for returns. Trust me, I've been in the situation trying to return crap to an eBay seller or multiple parts from multiple sites. I just makes it easier if something doesn't work. With that said, I would look for combos on Newegg. It is your best bet. Sounds like you have the OS and HDD already.
4)COMBOS COMBOS COMBOS! They will save you alot, especially in a budget build. Just be a little flexible with brands and such. I know people who have taken $500 a LONG way on a build that was just hardware.
dude, thanks for the awesome tips, here is a combo im looking at based off what you said. I think im going i5, for the money ill get hdmi, usb 3, sata 3 and the ability the upgrade not to mention the upper end of ddr 3 I really gotta keep this under 500. lower end of 4 would be even better, Looks like i can do it. I dont plan to game on it MUCH, but would like to be able to play starcraft 2, even on low settings.
^I always look for the combo deals. Although I would suggest not getting an H67 unless you are looking to just use onboard video. If you are planning to get a dedicated video card, I'd suggest a P67 or Z68 motherboard.