I'm in the process of planning my first ever build and could use some advice!
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, watching movies, making DVD's, general use, CAD.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: New build from scratch
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: TigerDirect, Newegg
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Baltimore, Maryland
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Looking for a reasonably fast and reliable computer that will last for a few years
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer, a very old Dell, is slow and dying!!
I've tried my hand at picking out a list of parts:
Intel Core i5-3470 Processor
ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard
Kingston HyperX 8GB Desktop Memory Kit
Seagate Barracuda 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OSS
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid Case
Logitech MK320 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Asus Internal SATA 12x Blu-Ray Burner
Acer 27" Wide 1080p LED Monitor. VGA, DVI
My questions are:
1. Am I in the ballpark or totally out to lunch with my choices?
2. Are there better options out there than what I've chosen?
3. I haven't picked a graphics card yet, can someone suggest a decent, reasonably priced one?
4. I'm thinking about adding an SSD to use as my main drive, is this a good idea?
I'm a total noob at this and would greatly appreciate any advice I can get!
What would be a good alternative to the Ultra power supply for the same or less money (< $70)?
My budget for this build is around around $1,500 max. My total for parts so far, without SSD & graphics card is $1109.91
Which RAM will work with my processor?
Actually pay more for the power supply. This is probably the most crucial component of your system. Going cheap or getting the wrong one in this area will end badly. I have had a couple of Ultra power supplies and they were nothing but disappointments.