first off i want to say thank you! 2 weeks ago i was afraid to even consider building my own PC but the amount of friendly and helpful people here have given me the confidence to try and build my own PC. so before i get into the standard explanation as to what im looking for im in a unique situation, as a college student i need a laptop, originally i was going to buy a gaming laptop and thanks to all i read here i understand how big of a mistake that is, so i decided that i was going to build a desktop PC and buy a cheap laptop to take to class. so my school has a deal with dell that we get certain laptops for discounts and so far the best ive found as far as really cheap laptops is this:
This is important because i have a budget of about $1500 and the cheaper the laptop, the more money i have to put into my desktop, so firstly if you have any suggestions on a cheaper laptop (thats not completely useless) it would be much appreciated. anyway i put together a build and im about $100 dollars over my budget which isnt terrible but id like to not have to pay more than i have to so i want to see if you guys have any suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next
Budget Range: $1500 preferably before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (such as Star Wars, Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, and some FPS's like BF3 or MW3,i would like to play them on the highest settings i can), Watching Movies, Surfing the web
Parts Not Required: The University gives us Windows 7 Ultimate for free along with Microsoft Office, and i believe that we also get a free copy of some anti virus software.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ive only ever used Newegg, Tigerdirect, and Amazon, however i hear NCIX US and MWave are reputable
Parts Preferences: I prefer reputable brands, however i feel that really doesnt need to be said as i think everyone does
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: as good as can fit in the budget
Additional Comments: i want the best gaming rig i can get with my budget, however i would like my laptop to be serviceable with watching netflix and playing less graphic demanding games. i do need a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. however keyboard and mouse combos are cheap and i can always buy better ones later.
My First Build:
CPU-Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99
CPU Cooler- Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler $39.99
Motherboard- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $198.18
Memory- G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $41.99
Hard Drive- Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $89.99
Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $109.99
Video Card- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Hawk 1GB Video Card $249.99
Case- Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99
Power Supply- Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $104.99
Optical Drive- Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $49.99
Monitor- Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor $119.99
Keyboard/ Mouse- Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $24.27
Speakers- Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System $15.99
Shipping and Handling $18.86
Total before rebates $1334.20
Total after rebates $1294.20
Laptop (with tax) $320.99
heres a link to my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5QP6
i just want to see if there are any ways to cut some costs and make sure everything im getting will work together and are good quality. Thanks!
If you are really close on your budget, you can prolly X out the SSD drive, one of the sticks of ram and a slower vid card.
Also, you can prolly go for a cheaper PSU, you prolly don't need the 750w one because ur only 1x vid card.
You may be able to get cheaper stuff on Ebay, and there are college student websites with used gear as the kids sell their stuff off when they graduate. Thats where I got all my books and laptops from lol
wow thanks guys for the responses, the only thing is in the future i may want a second graphics card and i dont want to restrict myself because i have a weaker PSU. outside of cutting costs are there any other suggestions you guys have as far as brands/parts? any areas where i could be bottlenecking my system?