Here's my planned build, please offer suggestions or warnings as you see fit. I have included a story about why this has come along at the bottom, it was a little long winded.
Approximate Purchase Date: tonight or tommorow
Budget: 600 +/- a small amount
System Usage from Most to Least Important: video editing, cad, internet browsing, media playback (kyle xy, smallville, music, etc.)
Are you buying a monitor: No, have a dell 1920 X 1080 (does this sound right?)
Parts to Upgrade: I will alter anything needed at the suggestion of a more experienced computer builder) I will be adding a graphics card, more ram, and raid later
Do you need to buy OS: No, have linux, windows 7,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tiger direct
Location: Savannah GA
Parts Preferences: INTEL! Other than that no low quality components/knock offs like no name cpu coolers and fans
Overclocking: in the future
SLI or Crossfire: In the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080
Additional Comments: using sony vegas, wax debug mode, probably going to get alibre cad, havent bought cad yet. Will play games on it but I am not a "gamer" so to speak so being able to play with decent settings will keep me happy. Will buy some racing games, unsure which ones as of now. I will be adding a graphics card, more ram, and raid later
Planned build: (current price $608) please recommend good fans! I only have the one big one in the front of the case!!
I'm building to a price point. Years ago, there was a huge sale at a nearby store, but I had work all day and was unable to make it. My mom offered to go, so with my money in hand, off to the store she went. All day at work I waited impatiently for the clock to move closer to clock out time! Alas, when the time came, and I laid eyes on the machine, it wasn't the right one! My mom said the one I wanted was so popular they had sold out & bought me a cheaper computer instead, and bought a warranty! Well, as you probably guessed, days out of the warranty it broke my mom, feeling a little guilty about the whole ordeal has offered to buy some of the remaining components, hence the price point. I plan to upgrade as needed / as time progresses
I frankly have no idea how you can afford all that on $600, guess the lack of a GPU helps. Have you got a spare copy of Windows?
Depends if you need the performance now, if its just casual home editing, an i5 should be plenty.
All Graphics cards are SLI/Crossfire capable, however, that mobo isn't. With only one 16x slot, and the other running at Gen2 x4, you will get less performance than a single card if you use two. Better off with just a single strong card.
I have various copies of windows, and a friend who works at a computer shop so the OS is no problem. I think I lucked out finding everything for $600, Got an email from newegg containing the HDD, then shopped lots for everything else!
Thanks for the suggestion, added it to my wish list for when the right time comes along (probably two weeks)
I just ordered everything else! I added two sata cables, and I still need to buy fans. Am I overlooking anything else as far as you guys are aware?
Thanks for all the advice guys! Seems I've run into one problem. The SATA hard drive I bought doesn't show up in the UEFI BIOS interface, or when attempting to instal the OS. I have it hooked up to one of the SATA 3 connectors, I've tried a new cable, but no cigar. I've tried swaping it to another sata connector, and I got the same result. Does this unfortunatly mean the HDD is broken?
I also notice no jumper on the back of the HDD, is this it?