Approximate Purchase Date: within a month or two, unless there's something coming up i should wait for?
Budget Range: ideally no more than $2000, but that's not set in stone.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing, music/movies/tv
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No. Have a win 7 upgrade copy.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Best deal from reputable sites.
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia
Overclocking: Not now. I'ma a noob. maybe down the road.
SLI or Crossfire: See above.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: For fun, mostly. Have a Dell XPS 630i at the moment. still goin pretty strong. wanted to do the whole SSD boot disk thing and figured it'd be easier to do in a brand new build and i've been thinkin about buildin my own for awhile.
Looks good, but I think you can do without the expensive motherboard. Drop it down to something in the $150 range. Unless you care a lot about sound, you won't notice a difference in that card and onboard sound.
the sound card i've been going back and forth on tbh. sound is very important to me but i'm not sure if it's $185 important. I was mostly looking at this one because it has the optical audio out which is what i have my 5.1 system coming out of currently. As far as the mobo goes, i'm pretty much set on that. the price difference doesn't bother me all that much there.
@Sunius: What makes the Corsair overkill vs the Seasonic you posted? not arguing, i honestly have no idea. noob, remember. lol
@azeem: well idk. it's gotten very good reviews from what i've seen. the durability did attract me but you're saying that's really just marketing bs? and i kinda just liked how it looked. lol
@Kamen: i'll probly avoid the rosewill, but thx for the suggestion. and what makes the MSI 670 "a lot better" than the one i picked? the price difference isn't that huge so if it really is i might switch to that.
The sabertooth is a good board, its just overpriced for what you get. You are paying more for style than anything else, so if you like it, go for it.
Also, you mentioned the sound card attracted you because of the optical audio...that board has optical audio built in, so there is really no reason for a sound card unless you are going to be recording and producing, and even then there will be very little improvement.
there is really no reason for a sound card unless you are going to be recording and producing, and even then there will be very little improvement.
sound cards just aren't as useful as they used to be, huh? modern systems can handle the sound without taking much if any hit to performance elsewhere? maybe i'll skip the card for now. add one later if i feel like it and have some extra cash to burn.