I'm looking to do my first pc build. It will be used mainly for gaming and media. I'm looking to get the best bang for my buck (I don't have many bucks). I'm looking to spend around $500, and I'm buying it next week. Here are the components I picked out from newegg, I just want advice on anything I should change or consider. Thanks for any help.
Sorry, I forgot to mention I will already have windows 7. Thanks for putting the time to put together that build. So are you basically suggesting I devote more of my budget to the graphics card? Will this give me better performance than spending about the same on my cpu and gpu? Also, I heard from a couple of sources that I should go with AMD if I was making a cheaper pc, is there some merit to this or just fanboyism? Finally, since I will be under budget a little since I already have the OS, what should I improve on your build? CPU?Memory?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm trying to learn in the process of making this, and make a pc that I'm really happy with.
It used to be true that AMD was the better choice at the low end, but that changed when the SB Pentiums came out. Recent articles and benchmarks have consistently shown that there is no longer any price point at which Intel does not outperform AMD in games.
I like jerreddredd's build. Any changes I might make would be niggling, which just muddies the water. If you add a little bit to your budget though, I might suggest a non "SE" version of the GTX560, or a HD6870 (their performance is similar, depending on the game).
Oh, and please don't think to get the better GPU by scrimping on the PSU. The Chokemax you selected is not a quality unit, likely good for no more than 80% of its label, and possibly not cleanly. A quality 500W unit (such as the ones that have been suggested) is best for your system.
I really appreciate all the quick responses. I like jerreddredd's build quite a bit and I think I'll copy it exactly. What should I look into as far as overclocking goes in this build? Also should I look into throwing another 4 gigs of ram into it for 20 bucks or is 8 gigs kind of overkill at this point?
You won't be able to OC the CPU much at all due to its locked multiplier, but you may get a few more MHz out of the BCLK. The graphics card is another story, and you'd be able to OC that if you wanted to.
The performance difference today between 4GB and 8GB is not much, but another 4GB for $20 could be some cheap future-resistance. Keep in mind you'll want a 2x4GB kit, since there are only two RAM slots on that mobo.
I think that build gives up way too much. The mobo doesn't have USB3.0 or SATA 6Gb/s, which means any notion of future-resistance is out the window. Single-channel RAM may only be 5% slower, but that's too much to give up for the price. The PSU is a good one, and probably "enough," but would have little margin to allow for a CPU upgrade or graphics card overclocking. For anything other than games, the CPU will seem a bit slow; read the excellent discussion following the last $500 SBM article for more comments on that subject. This CPU weakness could be worse, depending on the actual games.
I think jerreddredd achieved a much more balanced build, that will be more satisfying overall, and more future-resistant.