I decided that this year I'm using my tax return to build my very first computer. Very excited as I've been wanting to do this for a long time. Realized that instead of buying a new Dell or some crap like that, I would build my own that I can upgrade overtime. Now, although I have read numerous guides and such on computer building, I have realized that I still have no clue what the hell I'm doing. Lol. So any help you guys could provide would be great!
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $700 - 800 Dollars ($900ish)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing SW:TOR! Internet, listening to music and everything else you use you computer for.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: Would like an AMD processor as they seem to be so much cheaper that comparative Intels. I like the Nvidia graphics cards because they're all I've even known, but could be swayed to a AMD if the price/performance is right. Would like a TB Hard Drive as this will be my
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: I want it to be able to run SWTOR like it is it's job. (Because it will be, ha.) Also, we have wireless in my house, do I need to buy a wireless adapter or is it on the Mobo?...I know newb question, but I seriously don't know.
If you actually care about gaming get an Intel processor. I would suggest the I5-2400 or the I5-2500. This will force you to get a different mobo. I would suggest a p67. Also Best Buy has a set of 2 4 gig ram sticks (total 8 gigs) for $22. That is twice as much as you spent on ram. Also you only need about 550 watts so your psi should be fine
I'm leaning toward the AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB when going against the 560TI but by not that much. It is a bit more expensive, depending on the model/custom cooler but not by much and the same goes with the performance.
I'll go with more ram too. I'll go with the Core i5 2400 instead. Sandybridge is just too good.