Approximate Purchase Date: This week, maybe even sooner.
System Usage: Gaming, Coding, 3d Rendering
Parts Preferences: AMD seems like the best value for mid ranged builds, also I have been hearing a lot of bad things about ASUS customer service as of late.
Overclocking: Most likely.
SLI or Crossfire: I plan to, but I need to get some more cash for a new card.
Monitor Resolution: 1080 for now, its 24".
So a few weeks ago my PSU caught fire and pretty much fired everything except for my optical drive and my hard drive, and I am not sure either of these things still work. Anyways, assuming they work, here is what I am looking at so far:
I actually already have this case, I got it a few months ago as a gift which I never got to setup (weird gift lol). Anyways, I took a look at it after my old pc nearly burnt my house down and I noticed it was not a bad case at all. Cooling is nice, the back of the case makes for a really clean wiring setup and it pretty much has all the bells and whistles a case should have. My only gripe is that the fan options are small and cumbersome and the case is a just slightly smaller than I would like.
Already got this thing, it feels like a quality piece of hardware. I bought it because I was not totally sure if my motherboard and video card were fried, but it is almost impossible for there not to be heat damage, the old case was literally on fire.
As far as Hard drive and optical drives are concerned, my old ones still work. I have windows 7 64 bit on the hard drive, not sure what I am going to have to do to make it work with my new system.
I honestly have no idea about buying a motherboard. I want to get something that is future-proof, yet I really do not know where to begin. I am going to want a motherboard with Piledriver and beyond support, if possible.
With what you want to do with the computer your building I would most defietly be going with an Intel cpu and not AMD. You didn't say if you alreaddy had the cpu or not and if not and you are going to be upgrading in a year then it makes even more sense to go with an Ivy Bridge cpu. You also stated you don't want to gamble with Asus customer service and yet your listing an Asus motherboard?
I think you need to post what you do have and what your looking to purchase so it will be less confusing
Alright, sorry it was so confusing. I think I fixed it. So what would you recommend for intel? I don't want to totally break the bank here, I need to stay in the same price range for the CPU as I was while getting the same amount of performance.
With the AMD cpu and motherboard you had listed this combination comes out to almost the same cost and you won't have to upgrade for several years.
This is also a combo deal that Newegg has and it includes the next highest cpu;
Your last option seems to me like the best deal, would the motherboard it comes with be a good future investment? I have heard a lot of good things about gigabyte and I would be more than happy to try that brand out.
This looks like my best bet, I have been doing some searching and it looks like the intel CPU would just crush the AMD one in all aspects, its a good thing I did some asking around. Thanks so much for your help Inzone!!