I've never completed a home build before but want to toy around a bit. Budget isn't really an issue but I'm not out to waste money. If I could come in around $1,500 that would be ideal. I've put together the following:
1. I have no idea how to determine what power supply to use.
2. I have a couple monitors around the house already - one from a pre-bought Dell desktop that is about 4 years old. The other is from a work system that I have home that I could use that is about 2-3 years old, both are 17". I'm assuming the resolutions on these are decent but not great. Becasue of this I have not listed a monitor in the build but don't want to have a great build only to play games on a crappy monitor.
3. I use PCs at work but all our home based computers are Macs - because of that I don't even know which version of Windows I would use. We (my son and I) predominatly play Starcraft 2 on the iMac (high end one 27" screen, i7 processor). Am trying to improve upon that experience and expand to other graphics intensive games.
4. I am generally handy but tinkering with insides of computers has never really been more than adding some memory but think it would be fun to learn.
Mostly looking for advice along the lines of whether what I put together makes sense, is a decent bang for the buck, or some obvious incompativility issues, etc. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
i didnt mean ( at the same price you can get two of the newest high end cards like the gtx 670 or the HD 7970) i mean you can get one of these two high end cards.
the 6970 is about 2 years old while the gtx 670 and the HD 7970 is about 1 or 2 months old and they perform incredibly awesome.
here is build that you can steal some parts from it
With the Extra Money
I would get the samsung 830 instead and perhaps get a blu ray writer in stead of the cheap drive so you have the capability to play HD content and the ability to write massive amounts of data to a blu ray disc. Which with both the Blu Ray drive and the Samsung 830 its about a 100 dollar increase with 20 dollar Mail in Rebate bringing it to 80 dollars - the money you would of spent on the drive 63 dollars.