System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, programming (Linux compatibility), casual gaming.
Parts Not Required: Don't need a keyboard, mouse, speakers... only peripheral I *do* need really is a monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Parts Preferences: No preference, though I want a case that feels sturdy.
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: No preference.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (23-24")
Additional Comments: I'm in the process of selling my laptop to build a desktop that I can play some games on (Skyrim, D3 eventually...), but hoping to keep the budget relatively low. These were my thoughts:
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz -- $259
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $199
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 -- $50
Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V -- $99
ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers -- $179
COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case -- $50
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner -- $21
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -- $114
Add whatever SSD, HDD, and screen you want. Don't forget a DVD drive!
Thanks! That cheap PSU worries me a little bit, but the rest looks great. I'm going to buy a used Radeon HD 6950 2GB from a friend $40, so that will save me a good chunk of cash. ackk, lies. It's a different Radeon HD, in the 4000 series. Don't remember the number. 4860?
Honestly, I've been using Linux builds exclusively for the past few years. I'm trying to get back into gaming--Very excited for Skyrim, D3, and a few other older games... none of which *need* a good setup, but I don't want to buy something that will be too outdated for future needs in just a year or two.
I'll look into getting a better card. That's always something I can upgrade easily in the future, though. I'd rather keep it on the cheaper (but easily upgradable) end now and upgrade as I see fit.
Since your budget's as high as 850 you could easily get an 6850 which is the best value in the mid range. Here you can check how Skyrim performs: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/skyrim-performance-benchm... Being an RPG I figure the 40 FPS minimum of the 6850 is quite playable at maximum settings.
It is a 4850. I think I am going to buy it *for now* and plan to upgrade in the next 6 months or so when I have more money. I am pretty set on the i5, and I have no objections to buying a better card in the future. I simply can't afford it right now.