This is my first attempt at building my own computer. After reading and reviewing as much as I could absorb, I created my own list.
This is for a gaming pc, Mostly RPGs such as Dragon Age 2, Witcher 2, and of course new ones coming like Skyrim. My main cavet is I do a lot of beta testing of MMOs and other Online games, So I wanted to stick with Nvidia graphics as they have a faster turn around time on patches and updates that are sometimes critcal to our beta cycles. ATI tends to be very very slow, I have waited up to a month for needed updates.
On my build I spent a bit more on the CPU, Mobo, and not as much on the GPU. My thinking here was that I replace, or upgrade (go to SLI) at least once a year on my GPU. But am hoping that the CPU and Mobo will last at least 3 years or more.
Here is my shopping cart, I have a 1000$ budget. How did I do by your way more expierenced standards? What would you change? And oh god.. is it all compatitable or have I missed some major point..lol
Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,come with Four Fans-2x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan,1x Top 120mm Fan,1x Rear ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147108
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
• Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
• LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.667920
Combo deal 72.98
• CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
• G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.669058
Combo Deal 102.98
• ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121391
• Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
• ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.657880
Total 928.91 (Plus 50.00 in mail in rebates)
Overall, a pretty good choice for a newbie builder. Only thing I would suggest is spend a little more and get a more powerful PSU. 600 watts may be fine for now, but is almost the bare minimum for most computers these days with the power-hungry components. I'd go at least 750 watts if I were you (for future upgrades and stuff like that). Other than that, it looks to be an OK setup.
But remember to keep check around once more before you actually do decide to buy--because $900 can build a very nice system if you price your parts out properly, and do some research, which it looks like you have. Reason for saying this because sometimes if you buy all 3 (CPU, board, and memory) some places may give you a bundle discount for buying all three. or They may throw in the RAM for free if you buy a board and processor together. ONly problem with these combos is the motherboard tends to suck. but check around, sometimes you can find a good deal that's of decent quality that can save a few dollars that you could use elsewhere in you build (for example, I got an Athlon quad core and an MSI motherboard from MicroCenter for $110 plus tax). The CPU alone was $90. So for an extra $20 I got a decent board to go with it. It was only marginally different than what I was looking at (A gigabyte board of similar specs), but in the end, this saved me $50, and Asus is a fairly reputable brand.
I've never had G.Skill RAM, but I've known people who have and haven't really heard any complaints. As long as you're steering clear of the real cheap stuff, then you should be fine. Main thing is to ask yourself what you want out of the computer.