Hi everyone, first time poster long time reader.
Well I'm planning on building a new computer in the next few weeks or so, to replace my 6 year old Celeron based Hp.
This will be my 1st build and my budget is around a thousand, i don't mind spending more then that if its around that price after all the rebates are said and done.
I'm not much of a gamer but want the comp to be able to play Starcraft 2 when it comes out and maybe Call of Duty 4 without any problems.
I'll probably mainly use this comp for backing up Dvds, streaming movies to the Tv, and of coarse web browsing and a little gaming. I want this to be my "Media Tower" and hold all my movies/music/pictures and be able to stream them to my tv, probably via Xbox 360 (yet to buy), unless I can figure out anther way.
Here's what I was thinking, I also already have Vista 64.
:Intel Core 2 Duo--169.99
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
:MSI P45 Platinum---169.99 $20 rebate
Newegg.com - MSI P45 Platinum LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
:Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB X 2-----144.98
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
:OCZ 2X2 DDR2 800----72.99 $25 rebate
Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
:CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2---97.99 20 rebate
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse - Mouse
:LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA---23.99
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
:Acer 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD----149.99
Newegg.com - Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - LCD Monitors
:This is where I'm clueless on, I need one because the motherboard doesn't have any interrogated graphics. I like Ati over Nvidia, but it seems like the Nvidia have better rebates. I was looking at this one.
EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3----79.99 $35 rebate
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
The case I want is the Antec 900, probably won't get that at newegg and wait for a sale somewhere else before I buy it.
Total is $1015.76
Plus figure 100 for the case and $100 is rebates.
I also can't decide if I should go with the E8400 or the Q6600 or maybe configure everything and fit a Q9300 into budget. I plan to overclock a bit. I'm not sure how much though, I'm having a friend come and help me with that part.
The main part of this build is I need this comp to last 4-6 years like my last one did. I'm a senior in high school this year and figure I'll be poor through college. :sigh:
So all insight is welcomed thanks for reading.