I've been considering my options in computer acquisition for approximately 2 months now. In this time, I've basically found that to get the best bang for the buck, building your own is pretty much the way to go. That said, I've considered my options, reconsidered them, read more information than my brain can stand, and come up with the following:
CPU: AMD FX-6300
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3
Memory: Kingston HyperX Red 1600 MHz-- 2 4GB modules
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1 GB
Storage: Toshiba 1 TB HD
PSU: Ultra LS600 600W
Case: Ultra XBlaster Pro U12-42350
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS 124-04
OS: Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
Alright, so, my question is... how does this look? I did some research, and found that the CPU and the Graphics card are basically the best you can do at my price range. The motherboard and case support USB 3.0, which seems like the direction that particular technology is heading. I have heard that Ultra power supplies are looked down upon by some, while others say that they are just fine.
This is at the absolute max of my spending limit, so any additions will have to be accompanied by some subtractions. If there's any place where corners can be cut, that's a bonus.
As far as usage is concerned, it will primarily be used for gaming--on the order of Dungeons and Dragons Online and Diablo 3--and basic Microsoft Office stuff. I feel that for those two games, it may be a tad overkill, but I want to keep my options open, should a new game come along that I want to play.
All of that said, I am not a "top of the line" graphics type guy, so if I have to scale back some of my graphics settings, that's ok. Additionally, I have no desire to overclock anything. I don't want to crossfire anything (at this point). This computer is not intended to be an homage to my geek ego... just an effective device for its intended purposes. And something that runs cool would be very nice. So... is it these things?
Thank you all for your help. It is greatly appreciated.
Neither of my store options have either of those particular PSUs. I am primarily looking at Tiger Direct, as they have a store nearby, and some strong deals going on right now on a few of the key pieces of this build. Is there another couple of PSU options that can work? I don't necessarily want nor need the best... just something that will get the job done reliably.
And, let me just say this. Thank you. All of you. This is a big purchase for me, and a pretty big deal all-around. I want to get something that I will be happy with, and the speediness of your responses, coupled with your helpful disposition and information really and truly means a lot to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.