So you all know, I have been a Mac user for the past nine years. Having a lack in the availability of games, I am looking towards PC. I am heavily into the Battlefield series, and any other 1st person realistic shooter. From this, I need a system that will handle some fairly intense gaming. Although I am heavily into gaming, I am not much into sound effects. On-board sound will do just fine, I find myself listening to music from a separate device instead.
I plan on spending in and around $1,500. This purchase will need to include all computer components, a monitor, and an OS. I also plan on making all purchases from newegg.com.
Following is a list of highly researched parts.
Power supply -Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550W Power Supply - Retail
- $74.99 + $1.99
Case - AMS Gmono CF-2029 BLK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
- $39.00 + $15.99
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
GPU - eVGA 256-P2-N525-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
- $459.00 + $5.99
Motherboard - ASUS A8N-E ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
- $115.00 +$1.99
Memory - CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
-NOTE: I plan to upgrade to 4GB of RAM in the future.
HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
- $121.50 + $3.49
FDD - SAMSUNG Black Internal Floppy Drive Model SFD321B/LBL1 - OEM
- $7.99 + $2.50
ODD - LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner Model SOHW-1693S Black - Retail
Cooling - Rosewill RFA80-K 80mm Sleeve Case Cooling Fan - Retail (x2)
- $3.98 + $9.98
Monitor - DELL UltraSharp 1704FPT 17-inch Flat Panel LCD Monitor with Height Adjustable Stand
-NOTE: This monitor will be the only product I cannot buy from newegg, Dell.com instead. I may change my mind about this display, what would you suggest?
OS - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1a - OEM
- $88.95 + $.99
Total = $1,689.01 + $42.92 for shipping and handling
I would like to go with the AMD 3500+ along with the 7800GTX, but would pairing these two cause the CPU to act as a bottleneck? Would pairing the 7800GTX along with an AMD 4000+ CPU boost performance in any noticable way?
If I were to go with the AMD 4000+, that would be an extra $143. I would rather not pay that if I don't have to. I am already pushing the budget here.
As for the monitor, Dell.com has just priced the model I have listed $100 more than what it was showing last week ($239 jumping to $313). I have no idea what the hell happened there. Anyways, I would like an LCD display, 17" minimum, and under $250. Any suggestions on what brands to look at?
Also, concerning upgrading in the future. I may add a WiFi, TV tuner, and sound card to this computer at some point, along with increasing RAM once needed. Also take note I do not plan on doing any overclocking in the near future, mabye once I become more familar with it.
Please post any advice you may have concerning all parts and questions, thanks.