So, I've been a laptop guy for years and I'm being shamed, this time around, into building a proper gaming rig. Any advice you could offer on this would be greatly appreciated!
My objective is to spend about $1200, all-inclusive-- so, about $830-ish on actual system things. My plan was to just take the System Builder Marathon $600 rig, upgrade to 8 GB of RAM and a 60GB SSD for Windows and Photoshop. This ran into trouble.
The motherboard lists some kind of SSD warning on its website: "While you set up an SSD with ACHI mode, for performance and stability, we suggest you enable hot plug for better system warning." As I know almost nothing about motherboards, this frightened me off and I grabbed one from a semi-random recommendation on the forums.
The Xigmatek Asgard II B/B case also appears to have been discontinued. I replaced it with a recommended Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 though I prefer the aesthetics on something like a NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (White). On top of that, I pretty consistently had trouble matching the prices quoted in the System Builder Marathon exactly, eating away at my margin.
Do I really need no sound card now? What about a networking card?