Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I get the money.
Budget Range: No Budget.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Recording/rendering YouTube videos, multitasking, hardcore gaming.
Parts Not Required: Monitors, hard drives, case, mouse, and operating system chosen but not purchased yet.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, maybe amazon.com
Parts Preferences: I would like to use an ASUS motherboard and the parts i have chosen under "Parts Not Required". i would also like to use a water cooling system, either getting the parts separately or a kit.
SLI or Crossfire:Maybe
Monitor Resolution: I'm not familiar with the different resolutions for monitors but i want the best
This sounds kind of strange , you want the best of the best and you have no budget yet your purchase date is whenever you get the money? How can you have no budget and not have the money yet? Are you planning on winning the lottery?
The best of the best and no budget limit means you want a $8000 computer.
How about this build;
Intel 980x Extreme cpu
Gigabyte Gi Assassin x58 MB
24gb of Corsair Dominator ram
2X Evga GTX 580 3gb Hydro Copper 2 video cards
2X Samsung 830 256gb SSD's
Western Digital 600gb saya3 hdd
Antec 1200w High Current Pro psu
Cooler Master Haf X case
LG Blue Ray drive
Sony slot load dvd burner
HP 30" 2560x1600 monitor
2 loop custom installed water cooling system 2 radiators , 2 pumps , 2 resivoirs
Kryos "Silver Edition" cpu water block , Bitspower ram water block.
Additional monitor, LG 27" Flatron widescreen.
Impecca Bamboo keyboard
Razer Impreator gaming mouse
Razer Nostromo gaming keypad
Additional Antec 1200w psu to run water cooling system and all case fans and lights
Ok , so if I put a build in front of you that was a beast of a computer and it cost $5000 , how long would it take you to do stuff to get that amount? The reason I say that is because depending on how long it takes you to get that money there may be parts become available that would be better and maybe cost more so you may want those parts instead and the wait would continue and that situation could repeat itself again before you buy and then the wait continues.
So how long would it take you to get say $4000 to $5000?
well i get $80 a month for my dad for cleaning my pool so i just did the math and just using the money i get from him it would take a little over 5 years but i've been doing other stuff to try and make money (eg. dog walking, pet sitting, selling drawings of mine). its hard because I'm almost 15 (my birthday's july 11) but i still can't get a job so honestly i have no idea how long it would take me to get 4 or 5 grand
You are missing the point. He's asking you to provide a realistic budget. What amount can you raise, in x amount of time.
The technology industry is ever chaniging, you can't expect to have a timeline of 1-2 years with the exact same budget. In 1-2 years - the great "it" parts now, will not be the "it" parts of the future.
I think a build you are looking for would be around 700 (not including what you you mentioned were not required).
"Parts Not Required: Monitors, hard drives, case, mouse, and operating system chosen but not purchased yet. "
If you look around the forum, you can see you can get a quality build to play the newest games well for about $1,000.00 give or take and excluding any mouse, keyboard, or monitor.
Your reasoning and point of view are all wrong , The idea is to work and save what monet that you can and when you reach the point where you have a certian amount and let's say $4000 then you look at what parts are available and make decisions based on the amount that you have and what's available. There are many , many different parts available at any given time and you would build a computer with the money you have. Unless you are rich and have an ebdless supply of money then your just like the rest of us and have to make choices and you will end up with a good computer that will play games at good performance levels. There is not one set of components that will work and be considered the best , there are many and they have different prices.
Ok. Since I posted this first thread, I've been doing some thinking about what all you have said and now what I've decided to do is save up 10 grand (somehow), use 4500-5000 on an alienware laptop and use the rest for a custom gaming desktop build. does that sound reasonable?
We can't quanitfy if 10 grand is reasonable, if you do not know how long it would take to save that much. In 5-10 years, CPU's could be obsolete for gaming (not saying they will), inflation c ould kil currency (and 10 grand is useless), or prices could tank and you could get a beast machine for a grand.
If you want a good/great gaming laptop I'd expect to spend 2-2.5k or 1-1.5k for a destop in the next 6 months or so.