Mixed use, 1st time build with decent gaming potential.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or so
Budget Range: initially $1000, however I’m ending up around $1100
System Usage: Upgrading *cough* an 8 year old HP a350y p4 with an ATI 800GTO card (which I added later). I used to play “recent” titles, but was not motivated to keep up. I still play IL2 1946 every few days (and will break out Silent Hunter III or Red Orchestra every once in a while), although my current frame rates are barely acceptable. I intend to dive back into some more “modern” game titles and have also started shooting home movies in HD, which cannot be edited on my current machine. I realize I can “meet” my current needs for much less money, but I’d like to build in some longevity (maybe not 8 years worth though ).
Parts Not Required: Don’t need any HID’s, speakers or a monitor (which will be updated some point in the near future). I have a ton of external USB drives that I back up pictures and home movies to (and then back up those back ups, what the heck is on that one drive?)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Bit of a Newegg fan, although I could be persuaded to look elsewhere, I also have Amazon prime.
Country: US of A
Parts Preferences: Definitely getting an Intel CPU, and have grown used to ATI/AMD for better or worse for GPU. The rest is fairly negotiable.
Overclocking: Not likely
SLI or Crossfire: Not likely, but having the option is nice.
Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (have not yet drunk the widescreen coolaid) – Will most likely upgrade when I will my current computer to my son in a few months.
Additional Comments: Not looking for bragging rights or a display piece. Just want something that won’t be obsolete in a year, won’t flinch at the old games I still play, gives me the opportunity to play newer titles (at acceptable resolution and rates) when the spirit moves me and allows me to reasonably edit HD video.
I'm not new to computers, or their parts, but have never put together a complete system from scratch.
Here are the parts I feel reasonably sure about, but am open to suggestions on: