Been an avid reader of these forums forever and finally decided to join in on all the fun!
Putting together this build to be a decent gaming machine, in addition to other less intense/routine uses. I've done a fair amount of research over the past few days, however I would love to have an expert opinion on what I'm considering.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Days
Budget Range: Around $900
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Solidworks, Notepad.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Printer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No fanboy, but do tend to prefer Intel/Nvidia
Overclocking: Maybe, hesitant
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Future (if the build supports it), not a req.
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, upgrading to 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 in the next year or so
Additional Comments: Prefer a smallish mid-tower, have 2 TB on external storage so internal HD's are only necessary for running programs. Did build a computer 5-6 years ago successfully.
Went through all the Newegg CPU combo's and really could only find ones with power supplies (effectively reducing my above Antec EA-750 at $60 to a 500W-650W at $35-$50.
I guess that brings up the question how much power do I really need? The GTX 460 I currently have selected recommends a "450W supply" compared to the "500W supply" for the 560 Ti I was thinking about. I know those are minimums, but with SLI consideration where should I draw the line (if I should even get SLI at all)?
Absolutely about the prices, horrible with the flooding over there atm - Part of the reason I'm trying to go as cheap as I can at the moment until either prices recover or SSD's continue to fall. Your first hdd looks good, but its out of stock so I'll have to stick with my original choice.