Hi guys, I'm a complete novice with pc building and would just like some advice on whether or not these are decent components and if they're compatible with each other. It'll be my first time building a pc, well I'll leave the actual building to a friend who knows how, but I basically want to know if 1. the components will work together and 2. are they suitable for what I want my pc to be used as
I want to use the pc primarily for university work, surfing the web and general everyday use, but also be able to hold it's own whilst gaming and to a decent standard. Here are the components I've chosen so far.
From what I can tell, that motherboard may be overkill though? If so, any recommendations would be welcome, I'd like to spend no more than 130 (including VAT) though anything cheaper would be a bonus! I've noticed the Gigabyte ga-990fxa-ud3 seems to be pretty similar, but at £30 less - would this be a viable alternative? http://www.ebuyer.com/271789-gigabyte-am3-amd990fx-4xdd...
GPU : xfx hd 5450 1GB http://www.ebuyer.com/279583-xfx-hd-5450-heatsink-1gb-d...
I know this is a pretty low-end graphics card, and I'm fine with that because like I said it's primarily for uni work. At the moment I'm more interested in getting a pc that I can use for day to day use, and buy a better graphics card for gaming in the future, so would this be ok for the forseeable future? Originally I wasn't going to buy a graphics card at all for the time being, but noticed that the motherboard doesn't have integrated graphics so I assume I HAVE to buy a graphics card, or would it somehow work without one? (Probably stupid I know, but like I said I'm a novice )
Also, would I NEED to buy a sound card?
With regards to the monitor, I don't have a particular one in mind, and I'm looking to get a fairly cheap one for the time being (around £60-£80) but what I want to know is what things should I consider when buying a monitor? I've noticed there seems to be different types of cables like VGA and HDMI etc, but I think the graphics card I've mentioned is compatible with those two as well as a DVI-I cable...Can I therefore buy pretty much any monitor? And does it need to be a certain ratio to be used with the gpu?
Right, I think that's everything, sorry for the long post and if I've not explained anything properly but any advice would be much appreciated
Thank you both for your replies! unRaveled, are there any particular brands you could recommend for a hard drive? hard drive failure would be pretty devastating
I probably will go for the gigabyte motherboard, as everyone and everywhere seems to say the sabretooth is just way above my needs and would be wasted
Obsama1: I'm thinking of getting a better gpu over switching to an intel cpu, as they are quite a bit more expensive and (I'm assuming) I'd still have to upgrade my gpu at some point as the integrated graphics might not be good enough?