I've learned alot from the experts here but I need a sanity check on the parts I've selected on a completely new build. I've built computers a long time ago but a lot has changed. I am completely replacing an old Dell XPS Gen3 (don't say it!) I was shooting for >$1500 for the below but since I also need to buy software and a touch screen monitor that causes me to look for cheaper alternatives. Total budget would be $1800 and approximately $600 will be for the monitor and software it looks like.
Approximate Purchase Date: couple days
Budget Range: $1200 (not including monitor)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, gaming, productivity software like excel, etc
Parts Not Required: everything
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: Can be AMD but future proofing with the I5
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: ???x1080
Here's my list. Future proofing with the I5. Had to make cuts to the motherboard (was considering $150+ MSI board for PCI-3.0, etc and for Ivy bridge, etc.), a cheaper non-SSD HDD, and lower-powered graphics card. Still wanted blue-ray for movies and an SSD. All prices are from Newegg.
MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $115
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $110.00
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
Modular High Performance Power Supply $110.00
HP L2105tm Black 21.5" 5ms Swivel & Tilt Adjustable Full HD TouchScreen LCD $280
1) You guys see any conflicts?
2) OK, the case is probably overkill? but the kids like the blue leds...lol
3) Any good info on Hitachi drives? Was considering WD 500 GBs but nearly 2x as expensive.
4) Wireless adapters are pretty equal. Any difference between PCI and PCIe interfaces?
5) Any experiences with touch screen monitors? HP was about the cheapest.
6) Could save some money on switching to an AMD CPU? Probably wouldn't affect the games I play....
Thanks! Those are great recommendations. I probably know the answer already but will 520W be enough to overclock the CPU and GPU?
That's from the Nvidia site...and Nvidia always goes high to cover for the n00bs who purchase cheap psu's. Seasonic is as good as it gets. They are the company that manufactures the mid and upper line psu's for Corsair and XFX just to name a few. That psu is more than enough to power that card and leave you juice left over for over clocking, extra drives, fans, etc...
Thanks everyone for your comments. Yes, it is for gaming but not intensive at the moment. I would say it would be moderate? gaming like SC2 or Diablo 3. If I can cut down on costs elsewhere then I would upgrade the GPU etc. That is why I am trying to future proof it a little by having a mobo that I can eventually add a better CPU and GPU to it.
Is Window 8 worth waiting for? I think I can hold on that long. What is the OS space requirements for it and Windows 7? I can cut down on the SSD if 60GB is adequate. I would probably have a nice rig laid out if I didn't have to add all the software/Monitor which takes a big chunk out of the 2K budget.
If I can do better with a SSD at $1200 then I would like to see the options...! Thanks