Hey guys, my name is Steve and I am building my first gaming rig. I have a $2,000 (give or take) budget. I am planning to overclock (not hardcore) and play quite a range of games.
the list is so far...
I chose this monitor because its cheaper than my first choice, the VP930b, and according to specs, its response time is amazing. Even though I have read that this monitor is not flexible, considering the price and performance, I have considered it.
I love how this case looks, even though its heavy, it's cheap and I feel I won't go wrong with it.
I chose Antec because I can trust them with their power supplies. This one is good, fairly cheap, and I know I dont need a whopping 500w, so this is good for now.
I want something fairly new and fast (of course AMD) I dont think im ready for x2, its a bit pricey and as I have heard, games dont take full advantage of it YET, so im going to go with the AMD 4000+ SanDiego
Instead of waisting money on a raptor, I am doing Raid 0, with 2 Seagate 120gb SATA barracudas (sp?) with NCQ. I chose Seagate because they offer a 5 year warrenty and I have heard they make decent Hard Drives.
I am going with the DFI Lanparty (no SLI, I dont want to do it). Before I was going to chose the Abit AN8, but hearing that DFI was the best overclocking board and the most reliable, I decided to go with it.
I wanted to do DDR500. This was my hardest choice, but after doing massive research, the two companies I wanted to buy from was either Muskin or OCZ gold edition (I am getting 2 gb (2x1gb sticks)). Reading some articles on other forums as well, I hear the OCZ responded well with the motherboard I am getting.
I used to be an ATI fan, but recently I feel they arent up to par with Nvidia. With their new series out, it will definatly be more expensive and some of the cards wont come out for a while. I know not to spend a lot of money on THE best video car, it would just waste my money. So I am going with the second best, which I feel this card has the best bang for buck on the high performance scale. I chose eVGA because I hear they are very reliable and this OC 7800gt gives me very good feelings.
I chose to get the DVD-RW thats their because its cheap. And the DVD-rom will be from ASUS, I trust them and its also cheap.
Since I will overclock a bit, I will purchase this. Of course I will put the computer together, and make sure everything works first before I void any warrenties.
Speaking of cooling, do any of you reccomend a better heatsink/fan for my processor (or video card) that will drastically cool better then stock cooling?
I have my MX1000 mouse delivered the other day. I have my cyber acoustic 2.1 speakers lol, but im looking to buy some 5.1 surround sound speakers, but this computer will be built first. I'll get a floppy too, don't worry.
Granted, I love newegg, but most of my purchases will be from zipzoomfly.com, because most of their products are tax free and free 2nd day shipping. Some things that are not at zipzoomfly will be from newegg.
One last thing, I have heard that Black Friday is the best time to purchase computers. Is it worth it?
Thanks for your time to check my items out and please give me some suggestions you have or opinions.