This is my first time building a PC, and I just want to make sure that all the parts mesh together well with a motherboard. I'm honestly kind of clueless on buying a motherboard right now, so what would you guys recommend given these specs?
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this month
Budget Range: $1000-1200 should be fine
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, surfing the internet/work
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (currently Vista, but will upgrade to 7 sometime soon)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Generally Newegg, unless there are other trusted vendors with better deals
Parts Preferences: Generally prefer popular/trusted brands
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: In the future, I may want to think about adding a SSD or RAID hard drive. Also, I'm on the fence about overclocking and SLI/Crossfire, but I want to have that option available for the future. I'm trying to make this as "future proof" as I can for the budget, so how would you guys estimate the lifespan of this computer based on these specs? Also, would/should I have to buy some extra cooling fans? Thanks a lot for taking time to help me with this.
Thermal Compound: Never used this before- should I really bother to pick one up?
Here are the specs on my current desktop that I know offhand, though it was a store model at a Staples, so there's no knowing how long this computer has been used before I even got it. Given that, I don't think there's a whole lot that I want to recycle.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4800+
MOBO: Don't know offhand.
RAM: 3 GB (1 GB + 2 GB) DDR2 RAM
HDD: 320 GB
PSU: All I can remember is that it's either 350W or 450W
GPU: GeForce 9600GT
DVD: Some generic DVD/CD Lightscribe combo
Case: In-store Compaq Presario PC case- probably won't use this.
Again, thanks for taking the time to read this and for giving advice/information!
Take the CD and HDD off your old drive, everything else can be thrown away or even sold if you want on Ebay or what now.
Case: Antec 300
CPU: I5 2500k (~$225)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 (~$124)
RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2x4gb) DDR3 1600mhz, 1.5V
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+ (~$26) or Hyper 212 EVO (~$35)
HDD: You can use your old one and grab another 1TB if you want or what not
GPU: I would go with the HIS 6950 over the other one, IMO.
PSU: is a good choice as well and gives you the ability to add another 6950 and not worry about not having enough power
ROM: use your old one to save money (if you want)
gpu: as it is the most important part that affects gaming's fps... and also by this time it is very close to new year... leading to next gen cards release in 4-6 months time... hey.... 6 months is not a long time to wait you know... in the mean time you can use the built-in graphics in the cpu... however... should you cannot wait that long... this is a recommendation...