Budget 700-800 (Lower Is Better)
I am looking to buy the parts to a new computer this weekend. I am computer literate, so I know my way around computers, but this will be my first build. I just want to ask on here since you all are used to being asked whether a computer build will work.
What do I want to use this computer for:
1. Non-Hardcore Gaming with maybe some top tier games. I mostly play Civlizations III, MechWarrior and SimCity, but I'd like to buy a few new games and I want them to play them pretty well.
2. I want this to connect and run off my HDTV. I want to use this computer primarily running off my HDTV (Either DVI or component) My TV is an HDTV (1080i or will convert 720p signals to 1080i) and is a 4:3 that can switch to 16:9. I've put a 6600GT that has a DVI connector, but I want to be sure people have successfully and easily connected their HDTV's. I will most likely be using WinXP Pro, because I get Windows from my work for $5 but I dont think they carry Media Center.
3. I want it to do some basic Photoshop and music playing. Also some powerpoint, word and excel, but nothing to big.
4. I want to overclock, but overclocking is new to me, so I prolly won't go over the top with it because I only have money for this build, and not to replace parts if I fry em. So please bare this in mind when looking at my specs.
REFURBISHED: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - OEM ($79.20)
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail ($146.00)
RAM (Is there anything cheaper that will overclock well?)
Artic Silver: Recommended by many and cheap
Anyways, please let me know where I can cut cost out of this but get good performance and get descent Overclocking. I got a refurb'ed MB, and asked around about the good/bad and whether they have warranty, but still no luck. Please give me any advice you can.
Currently at $888 shipped, but I want to see if I can cut that down abit, and still keep the quality.