Hello. I have read a few how-to guides on building computers, but i'm still not certain that my parts are the
smartest buy or that they'll work together.
My general idea with building a computer: I want to build a desktop that can run Guild Wars 2(bet you haven't heard that recently ) and SWTOR on decent graphics for an affordable price.
Other than that I will mostly be watching tv shows, watching movies, and reading webcomics.
I tried to base my parts around this article: http://www.informatics-tech.com/build-a-cheap-400-dolla...
in which the author sets forth a setup that costs around $400.
I did however upgrade some things like the graphics card and tried to cut back on the power supply he suggested because I didn't think I needed 500W...(please tell me otherwise if i'm wrong)
before the shipping and a monitor and OS(going with 64bit Windows 7) the price comes to about 370, same as the author's estimate. Please review my specs and let me know what you think
the only thing I would change (and it will cost a bit extra) is swap the 6670 for a 7770 (newer, faster, requires less power, generally more awesome) and really make sure a 400w PSU is enough. I've always had a 750w (way overkill) just to be sure. someone will be able to get you closer to what you need though. also that Athlon II x3 455 will most likely unlock to a quad core so look for a motherboard that has an unlock feature!
That hard drive is fine, but I've come to love the Seagate hybrid drive. It is a laptop size 500GB drive with a 4GB SLC SSD. It can add some significant performance for $10 more. They are also very reliable. You may need a 2.5 to 3.5 mount kit or just drill some holes on the bottom level of the hard drive rack before you start.
Seagate Momentus XT HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The video card is fine, but for $40-$50 more you could get a 7750 which would help you out and the PSU I chose would run it fine plus some. Or better yet a 7770. It all depends what you want to spend.
My total came out to $384.92 + $17.22 Shipping = $402.14
A little more, for some better parts and performance. The motherboard is a B75 chipset so you could upgrade to an Ivy bridge CPU if you wanted to down the road. It also has USB 3.0 and SATA 3.
I wondered that as well - a cheap internal will be far better.
That hard drive is fine, but I've come to love the Seagate hybrid drive. It is a laptop size 500GB drive with a 4GB SLC SSD. It can add some significant performance for $10 more. They are also very reliable.
I don't really see much of a point to the Momentus for desktop use as it's mainly meant for laptops where you don't have the option of secondary storage.