I've wanted to build myself a PC for years now. Tired of spending money with Dell for stuff that performs worse for more money. I'm a huge car guy, my father and I race cars, I have a A.S. in Automotive Technology and am studying for my B.S. in Motorsports Engineering. I figure if I can build a car for $15,000 that whoops any exotic (and I have), then I can build a PC for $1500 that can whoop any dell unit.
With that in mind, I'm looking to build a PC. It's going to be used for to play Star Wars: The Old Republic. I know, I don't need all that intense of a PC for that game, but my need for speed isn't limited to cars. So enough background, here goes:
Approximate Purchase Date: Newegg Black Friday sale
Budget Range: $2000 including the best LED-LCD 35-42 inch TV I can get. So more like $1400 on computer components. I'd really only like to spend about $1000, but I also want the best components (or at least, best bang for the buck) and this list wound up being about $1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing (race car videos, etc), school work (word processing), internet browsing
Parts Not Required: Speakers (have a cheap 5.1 logitech set... Can also use TV speakers via HDMI cable, right?), HDD (have 2 400gb units from my old Dell), CD/DVD drives (Again, pirated from old Dell)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, black friday sale.
Parts Preferences: You guys are the experts.
Overclocking: Eventually, when I feel a need to hot-rod my computer. It happens to everything I own, sooner or later.
SLI or Crossfire: Again, eventually. Not immediately.
Monitor Resolution: Will be hooked up to a 35-42 inch HDTV. Want biggest resolution possible. Probably also have a 2nd smaller monitor.
Additional Comments: Quiet? I've accepted the fact that my room will likely be 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. At least, it seemed like it was with the old Dell rig.
So, that's what I came up with. I know it's WAY overkill for what I'm doing, but just roll with that. I guess what I want to know is, is there any way I can get the same performance as these components (or better) for cheaper? Where can I cut costs a little? A lot depends on what Newegg has on sale this Black Friday.
As well as that, I'm open to any suggestions from you guys. Computers isn't my realm of expertise, but I'm always ready to learn.
I fixed the links, thanks... That's what I get for copying and pasting my post from my Guild forum, lol.
Any particular reason for switching the Mobo? I like to learn why I'm doing things, although glancing at the two I think I see why you're recommending that... It's cheaper, and it seems to have some additional features.
The Crucial is cheaper, and was also recommended by a guildie, so I'll make that switch. Thanks
Also, I have Windows 7 64 Bit that came with my laptop... I know it's against microsoft's TOS, but will the hammer of microsoft smite me if I install it on my PC build as well? Anyone have experience there?