Given that my crappy laptop is currently in its death throes, I thought it was time to get a new computer. And instead of plunking down money for another crappy computer, I thought it would be a good idea to invest some money and build one myself. I've done some reading online and it seems like a straightforward, but detailed process, but I'm still afraid of screwing it up and wasting a considerable amount of money.
My budget is $500, but I'm always looking for ways to save money.
What I'm looking to build is a good all-around computer for school work and non-online based gaming that works with Windows 7. I looked over the Best Configs thread here and switched some out with higher rated or less expensive parts and this is what I came up with. The end result came out to be $505.91.
Based on that build, I had a couple of questions. I plan on using the computer wirelessly and was wondering if the above build has built-in wireless capabilities or if I would need to purchase an adapter? Will the above components work together? Should I add a sound card or is it not worth it? Are there any components that are overkill that can be switched out? Would the above build or any modified versions be easy enough for a first-timer to put together? All answers and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Thank you! As I said I'm a total noob when it comes to building a system and my method was basically going to newegg and picking out the highest rated parts that would work together that were somewhere near my budget. Your system seems more put together and less expensive, two things I'm always down with.
i would drop the i3 for a pentium G860 and upgrade from 7770 to 7850
Thanks for the reply. While I'd really like a gaming computer, my main concern at the moment is creating a machine that will meet all of my needs and last me through college. In your opinion, will changing out the above components make for a better all-around machine? I mostly play WOW and my girlfriend plays sims 3 & watches a ton of movies and tv shows and if the parts you mentioned would make a better machine for those purposes, I'd definitely go for it.
game junky said:
a quad i5 would be a significant performance upgrade but that is a healthy price increase as well. Might be a different build if the budget was $600
Thank you. Right now, I plan on buying the parts over the course of a couple of months as my budget will allow. If I had the money, I'd go for it, but finances are a bitch.