So I have been playing games on my Alienware m11x R1 for far too long now. The 11.6" screen is starting to get a little cramped and I figure I need to get myself a desktop. Of course I want to build my own, so as a first time builder I am asking for some advice.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner, the better. Although I have to ask if it would be better to wait until September when all of the new lineups should be out, or at least announced?
Budget Range: Preferably sub-$1,000.00 (not too picky on taxes).
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Basically, I want this rig to have some nice gaming longevity.
Are you buying a monitor: Already have a 22" BenQ monitor ordered, but it is on backorder so I am open to suggestion. (FYI - the monitor does not have to count in the $1000.00 budget, but it can if you like).
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any Canadian website that will ship for free, or a reasonable price.
Location: Charlottetown, PE
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I think I would prefer going with the Intel route (possibly the i5-3570k) for the processor. For the graphics card, I have always had an GeForce of some sort but I am open (I was thinking about a 660 ti).
Overclocking: Yes (unless deemed to be unnecessary)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I will be going with a single card for now. Most cards I would pick would be SLI or Crossfire ready)
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I have been sitting on my hands lately, trying too look out for a sale on a GPU or CPU to try and lower my overall costs. Do you think this is a feasible idea or should I just bite the bullet and order myself a system?
-I found this: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC - 3 GB for $304.97 at http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Is this a good deal, or is the original price just way too high (tigerdirect likes to do that)? I understand CPUs and what all of their numbers mean but I just haven't put in the time in figuring out the specifics of graphics cards. I understand the model numbers, but when it comes to bandwidth, bus, cores, clocks, etc. I am a little bit lost.
-I will be needing all of the parts for a build, including case, PSU, RAM, etc.
-I already have a mouse and keyboard if anyone was wondering.
-For storage, I would like to go with a SSD for OS + most used games, and a HDD for other storage. I already have a 128 gb solid state in my laptop that I would consider switching back out for its old 500GB, 7,200 RPM drive, if I was getting too close to budget.
Why Are You Upgrading: Tired of playing on an 11.6", outdated laptop.
Thanks for the suggestions!
I am just a little curious as to why you chose each part (aside from the 3570k).
Would you be able to comment on the GPU I linked in the OP?
Also, do you find that sales happen often on the 3570k, or any 660 tis, or should I just order this now?