No brand preference as of yet really as its my first build... but Intel is what I think I've
I intend to use my GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. I bought it a while ago for my old hp and I think it should still do what I need for the time being (run WAR online smoothly)
I don't know anything about overclocking really but it IS something I intend to teach myself and experiment with in the future
I plan to build this comp asap
This is my first build ever... I put about 10-15 hrs or so doing research and checking compatibility in the last two days basically teaching myself everything I could...(before this I honestly could not have opened my comp and told you where the processor was for sure..) This is what I have come up with.....
Decided to go with Quad Core processor for multi-tasking and with the thought that games will begin to take greater advantage of multiple core processors. I like the mobo I have here with the crossfire technology in case I desire to upgrade to more powerful dual graphics cards in the future. Going for more of a future proof system than the highest level of gaming machine I could build right now. From the minor knowledge I have gained in the past couple of days selecting components for this build I hope I did an ok job of it... I think everything should be compatible and function well.. However Im not absolutely deadset on anything I am really looking to build a high functioning gaming computer that will run newer games at high settings for the next couple years. (big blizzard fan here... Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 are on my buy for sure list... and I would love to give Warhammer online a real try on a comp that actually runs it well.)
Any input would be greatly appreciated, especially on case and CPU Cooler selection... How important are they? will the ones I have selected keep everything cool? Keep in mind I just started teaching myself yesterday about most of this stuff so It's certainly possible that I have no idea what I'm doing!
P.S. I am shopping New Egg because I have a preferred account with them no payments for 12 months on purchases over $1000 which is what I need right now. I am only paying shipping on my MOBO and I have had really good expirences with newegg in the past.
Mobo is way too expensive for this build, P5Q-E works just as well.
For a gaming build, you should seriously consider Crossfire or SLI, if you still want to use this mobo and CPU, only putting a 9600GT with them would be a waste, or even bottleneck...
8GB of RAM is a bit too much IMHO, also go with PC2 8500 would be nice.
brings my total to $1578.92 a little more than I wanted to spend but should be doable.... the addition of a new video card and a DVI monitor really put the price up there but I think is well worth it for the improvement I will see. any further advice on this? looking to order my components in the next couple of days here....
A little doubt about the LCD though, I'm using Samsung 224BW at home right now, the problem with this LCD is that you can't change the vertical angle of it, which means you can turn the panel left and right, but you can't turn it up and down... that sucks... also if you looking up at the LCD with an angle, say even 5 degrees, the brightness drops a lot... But I don't know if 2253BW fixed these problems or not.