Ok.. I've posted a bit in this area of the forums already, most of the time it has been with random websites and specifications that I've been able to find. I have however, now decided to ask around, and then look. What can you guys and gals recommend? I'll be going with Vista (32-bit). I'm pretty sure I'll be going with 4GB's of Ram, and a fairly powerful HDD. What it would help to know in that area, is what type of Ram to get, and what HDD make to get. Now onto the more... important stuff. Motherboard, Powerpack, Graphics Card, Sound Card, and any additional extras... I wouldn't mind a few suggestions as to what to go with, and what not to go with. PS: I emphasise on the FACT that I will NOT be building my own computer. Please save commenting if you are going to tell me to do so.
to try to 'future' proof your system, I'd get a decent speed ram, I'd say Dual Channel 1033MHZ, or Even better DDR3 1333MHZ Brand, I'd suggest A-Data *Seems fine to me*, Hyandai, Corsair, PQA, OCZ HDD, I'd suggest a nice 200+GB Seagate, or Maxtor, I'll get shutdown for suggesting Maxtor, but I've had 4 so far, and not a single problem, ever...where as our seagate external..has been returned....twice *Grr*
Graphics Card, to be honest, wait, I would normally suggest the 8800GT, but something better then a 9600GT will be out soon, and the 9600GT is just cruddy price/performance Mobo, Go either Asus, nVidia, or Gigabyte or MSI, I suggest Gigabyte or MSI, "best bang for ya buck" PPU, Antec, Corsair, Thermaltake, all good IMO. Soundcard, IMHO, just stick with onboard...My onboard does fine, EAX 4.0. GPU, I'd say 512MB or more PPU I'd say 600Watts or more *again future proofing as best as possible*
Just my opinions, most of which nobody will agree with :D
Well if you tell us what your planning on using it for that would help us.
But good on the RAM, I'm getting that much too. If you plan on gaming I'd get a Quad Core processor.
I'm still undecided on whether to get Duel or Quad Core. I'll be using the Computer generally for everyday stuff (MSN / Photoshop / Word), plus have a few games that I'll be wanting to play. Supreme Commander, Dawn of War, Star Trek Legacy, and the two new C&C games (Tiberium Wars, and, once released, Red Alert 3). Oh, and thanks for the info Pilla ;) Would you reccomend two graphics cards though, or stick with the single one? Say... two 256, or one 512?
one 512mb, It's cheaper and I reckon just as efficient.
RAM: Mushkin. You can't go wrong. Mushkin Redline is some of the best RAM around. Graphics card: That's a tough one. I'd say wait for a bit and get a 9 series when the driver bugs are worked out a little more and when the prices drop. Processor: If it's pure gaming you're going with get a dual-core. Higher clock rates will win out overall. If it's a bit of everything you'll be doing, aim for a quad-core. My two cents, as it were.