Hi ! I am a first time builder and I was looking for feedback/compatibility checks on my first build.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months from now (hoping to pick up daily deals or used parts rather than one big purchase)
Budget Range: $500-700 after everything, flexible because I want high value, not necessarily inexpensive
System Usage from Most to Least Important: casual gaming, coding, surfing the web, watching movies, all-around
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: All, build is from scratch
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/second-hand
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I like Intel. I only looked at highly rated products (such as the Tom's guides, an a compendium on r/buildapc)
Overclocking: Maybe -- after reading the guide, I decided to get a mobo that would allow me to overclock if I upgraded in future (i5-2500K maybe)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (prospective)
Additional Comments: Intended to last me approx ~4 years with appropriate upgrades, the extent of gaming I do is 4v4 SC2 at low graphics, and some TF2, but I wanted multi-tasking, bootup, and SC2 to be as smooth as possible.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm upgrading from an ASUS-N61JQ that is slowly running out of harddrive space and seems to be sluggish, also BSoD's a lot, I would also like a desktop and a more portable netbook/laptop. Any suggestions to maybe milk the longevity of this laptop or repurpose it ?
Thanks I will check those out. I think the 6850 is appropriate for my needs as Tom's benchmarks had playable framerates with an i7-920 set up on graphics setting much higher than I will be using. I would like to keep the SSD, however, for the faster boot-up time because it is one of my pet peeves, and is something I can carry over from build to build.
Do you think the PSU/Mobo I have is appropriate/compatible for the current parts + upgrades in the future, maybe to the parts you are suggesting ?