Currently I'm still rocking a P4 @ 3ghz with 3gb of DDR2 ram and a Gefore 8600gt. I know that is funny because I still laugh about it too and it's time to retire that computer. As the title suggests I would like to be around the $1200 mark but I can go over towards $1300. I would say this is mainly a gaming comp but I may do some light programming too.
I want to build a new comp hopefully over the weekend depending what feedback I can get. I would like to purchase all my items through Microcenter instore at the Boston/Cambridge area because going to stores is what keeps those jobs alive. On the website you can look can select a store and it shows what the store has in stock it's neat.
My questions/concerns are;
1. Is the PSU going to be enough power?
2. Motherboard not being up to par with the rest of the build.
3. Would I need to buy thermal paste for the heatsink?
4. Would I be able to OC the CPU (nothing crazy) with that aftermarket heatsink?
I'm willing to change anything that is why I'm here asking for advice. I would get it all online (like Newegg, Amazon, ect...) despite not really wanting to but if I could make my system that much better. I don't need really need a moniter, mouse, keyboard right now but I will in the future.