First solo build. Would like some advice on selected parts. I've cross-checked for compatibility, but for all I know...
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two (or should I wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday?)
Budget Range: $850 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: general work computer, moderate gaming (just trying to keep up with the new stuff. don't care if it maxes stuff out. just want smooth/playable games)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country: United States (Washington state, if it makes a difference)
Parts Preferences: Intel/nVidia loyalty - just had better experiences in the past
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Additional Comments: Self-picked parts are below. Any advice helps! Also wondering if I should take advantage of current deals, or would prices be a lot better all around in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday time-frame?
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
Believe me, if I could do a SSD, I would. But it's just out of my range, because I need the extra space too. I've heard mixed reviews about ASRock, but I'm willing to give it a try. Is the only difference between micro and full size ATX the extra slots? Also, is there a comparable nVidia card in a similar price range? I've just had negative experiences with ATI cards (had a few die on me). Everything else seems great! Thank you!
I'm sorry if any of this is noob-ish. Very new to the building scene.
Sounds good. I shouldn't need the extra slots, so mATX it is! Last question: would there be better deals on all this stuff in the holiday shopping season/Black Friday, or am I looking at the best prices right now?