Hey all. This will be my first time building. One question I have before I start is whether I should buy this thing now or wait until the summer. I know November has lots of sales on parts thanks to Black Friday and stuff. But as of right now I live in a dorm with limited space and don't have as much money. If I wait until the summer I will maybe have a bit more money and I'm moving into an apartment later that year. Mostly I want to know if this is the right time to buy parts and build since I want this computer to last for some years (unlike my laptop which is dying around 2 years right now). I also want to be sure I can reuse things if I ever want to upgrade. Hope I filled out everything right, sorry if I didn't.
Approximate Purchase Date: Late November/Black Friday? or in the Summer
Budget Range: 600-700 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (WoW, League of Legends, Dungeon Defense TF2 (doesn't have to be at max settings, I just want to be able to play without lag)), Internet browsing, Word Processing, Website Editing, Movie watching
Parts Not Required: I need everything, except maybe a mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter as long as they are reputable.
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: Doesn't really matter
SLI or Crossfire: Doesn't matter
Monitor Resolution: I also need to buy a monitor, so any links to good sales would be good. It doesn't have to be huge. I'm okay with a small monitor.
Additional Comments: For the mouse, keyboard, speakers, it doesn't have to be the gaming type. I also need a Windows 7 install disk. I really don't know that much about computers so I couldn't answer the overclocking ,etc. questions. If you have any advice please feel free to let me know.
If hard drives weren't so expensive this wouldn't be so hard. Slightly over the budget but I'd aim for something like this:
4GB Kingston Value Series
XFX HD 6770 1GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Antec Earthwatts 380W
Xigmatek ASGARD II
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Acer 20'' Monitor
That comes to $707 on Newegg, that's before shipping and $30 rebates. Then spend say $30-40 on keyboard, mouse and speakers and you're at roughly $750. If you can't afford that I would drop the i3 down to a Pentium G840 and the GPU down to an HD 5670 or something.
Would you recommend building now (nearer to Black Friday) or just waiting until later this coming summer? Maybe the prices for the harddrives might go down by then or would it not really matter?
As for the builds you suggested, I could probably do the lower 500 USD build, as long as I am still able to upgrade the rig in the future and this computer is decent enough to play games without lag on low settings. Just want it kinda future proof for a few years until I can afford a real rig.
Do you have a suggestion for a 1tb harddrive storage brand that I could replace the Samsung 300gb with? Or would that increase the price too much for the builds. I'm currently debating if I should just spring for the i3 or stick with the Pentium.