This is the first time I've decided to try and build a computer (It's about time I get a new one and I want control of what goes in it). Since my 4-5 year old comp isn't really cutting it anymore I'm looking to build something new. I'm looking to build a fairly high end gaming machine for under $1,200.00 (It can go over).
So basically I want you guys to pick apart my list. Please don't be gentle with this list because I know there's most likely at least 1 part that could be replaced by something better.
Anything indented is something I considered but for one reason or another decided not to buy. The reason is listed next to the product.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
MOTHERBOARD NOTES: I would like something with quad core support.
MOTHERBOARD $129.99: Newegg is out
ASUS P5N-E SLI Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
ASUS P5B LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
RAM $259.99: Not so sure about this choice.
G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL6S-2GBMQ - Retail
VIDEO CARD $279.99
eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP KO Superclocked Video Card - Retail
HARD DRIVE $149.99
SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
POWER SUPPLY $99.99: Found out Raidmax is a bad choice (Note to self: CHANGE THIS PART!!!)
RAIDMAX RX-630A ATX12V/ EPS12V 630W Power Supply - Retail
POWER SUPPLY $184.99
SILVERSTONE SST-ST75ZF ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V 750W Power Supply 90 - 264 V OCP,OVP,SCP,NLO - Retail
APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
KEYBOARD $44.99: Pretty cool gaming keyboard
Wolf King Timber Wolf KBWOLDK2588U Black & White 87+40 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Ergonomics Keyboard - Retail
TOTAL (So far): $1,434.93 (Without MIRs)
I was aiming to get under $1,200.00, but I got pretty close. It was fairly important that I had a better motherboard for future quad core expansions and what not.
Actually I just check again and the total is $1,217.94. Some of the prices changed around slightly. There may also be rebates I didnt take into consideration.
Updated some of the parts
heh, didnt make it as close to $1200, but thats the cost of a better graphics card
-I want at least 1x2gb stick of ram (1x2b is more preferable than 2x1gb...seing as how I'll eventually upgrade to a maximum of 8gbs of ram...even though it will be a while until software requires it).
-I plan to use the drives off of my old comp.-Scratch that, my bro wanted my drives to burn some DvD (Yay piracy), yes hes ****ing retarded. O well, Im giving him the comp anyways.
-I plan to create Flash cartoons, so possibly a soundcard
A nice set of wireless headphones would be cool too. Any ideas?
Also looking at gaming mice and keyboards.
P.S. The fan the power supply of my old comp died so I took the side off and am currently running a fan on it
. I tried replacing it with an older power supply my brother had tried, but it didn't work. Then he wanted me to try another but I figured I would just put my original one back in and figure out the problem (at the time I didn't know it was the fan , I thought the power supply was just dying). Ended up running it and looking inside of the comp with a flashlight. I soon noticed the problem and did some tests to see if it would overheat and shut off. It did. So I grabbed a fan and ran it on the power supply, with the case off, to see if the lowest setting would help, it did (Although, I am not running the fan on the lowest setting). Lol.
I would say this happened about a week ago.
P.S.S. I revised this post a few times before I posted it (Especially after reading your forums). Hehe, Raidmax.
P.S.S.S. (lolz) For some reason I favored Intel over AMD, secretly, for a while
I always thought the system I ran on was Intel, turns out to be AMD, lol. No wonder my 1.8ghz chip kept me playing games for so long
I revised this a few times in Word so
it probably doesnt make some sense. I also refused to revise certain parts of it. Weird, I know (I basically just added onto it instead of editing it (except in some places)
so it probably contradicts itself). Just tell me if you need something elaborated.
Whats better, 2x1gb or 1x2gb when it comes to ram? Im assuming 1x2b
but eventually I would have to replace them with 2x2gb sticks to achieve the max of 8gb.
Cure me of my ignorance.
I'll make this a bit easier to read in a bit.