|Hi! Before spending $1200 on a new computer, I want community input on the decisions I’ve made. That’s what this thread is about. I want your “Hey, good job, that looks like good stuff”, or “Oh, you don’t need this because…” or “Did you ever think about it this way?”.|
I ask that you consider a few criteria first.
1. My budget was 1,000, and I went over. I’m now at around $1,200. If you have suggestions that allow me to spend less, I might take them, but spending more probably won’t happen.
2.What I use computers for : I’m a gamer. I like play games casually-moderately (lol…I played Dragon age II for 77 hours, but this is fare for me). I do play a lot of Starcraft 2. This is my favorite game. I also make VODs for youtube, so I need to process videos while doing other things.
3. I decided on Intel. The LG 1155 Sandybridge and CPUs seem too good for me to stay with AMD!
Below you can find everything that I potentially will buy, and a link to newegg.com where I will buy it.
4. I decided not to buy a soundcard. I hope the on-board sound will be good enough for my 2.1, simple speaker system. If you disagree, again, that’s why I’m posting here, to find out what others think.
5. I don't overclock, and I'm afraid to do so. Buying all that cooling equipment sound complicated.
Ok…the grocery list:
Case: Coolmaster Storm Scout (I like the handle, the 4usb ports in front, and their placement…this seems also like a durable case that will last years)
PSU: Thermaltake Black Widow 850w (this is powerful enough to possibly add a 2nd video card later on, and it’s only $80, after a mail in rebate. I bet it’s good! I was considering getting a Corsair one, but the price is so good)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67-M PRO (LGA 1155 MOBO)
CPU: i5-2500k (I'm afraid to OC, but I may want to one day...so getting this just in case I need to)
Hard Drive: 2x 1tb (setup in raid 0) Hitachi Deskstar
Video card- ASUS GTX 570
RAM- 4x4gb Corsair Vengeance
Thermal Compound (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007)
Wifi adapter (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166022)
Floppy Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16821105001)
DVD drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204)
So thanks for looking, and thanks for your comments. Again: $1,200 is a lot of money and I will feel more confident knowing I have knowledgeable people helping me make my decisions.