At least, my first build for myself with a reasonable budget. I wasn't planning on starting quite yet, but newegg's crazy deals convinced me to. Newegg's savings continue to amaze. Newegg.com - NZXT HALE82 HALE82-650-M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power Supply + Newegg.com - NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case The case was 30$ off on a Shell Shocker, putting it cheaper than the Antec 300 Illusion that I was looking at, and I knew I needed a power supply so I figured I might as well buy a decent power supply at another 20$ off. 50$ savings is not too shabby in my humble opinion. I absolutely hate having a cluttered case, so having a modular power supply appeals to me, not to mention it has connections out the whazoo (something a lot of power supplies these days seem to be lacking in) and leaves me room to expand in the future. The case is even bigger than the A300 and has even more fans, and the filters look easier to remove. It's also matte black all around and has nicer cable management and drive quick-mounts. I liked the Antec 300 when I used it for my mom's PC, but the front panel seemed kind of cheap (The USB ports on hers were loose to the point of being almost useless, but I'm not sure if that's just an individual fluke or not). Hopefully I won't regret impulse-buying on products with few reviews. NZXT is not exactly a no-name brand, so I'm sure I'll be fine.
Now to wait for the other parts I need to go on sale... :deal: I'm thinking a Phenom II 975 and a GTX 460, but I'm open to other suggestions. I'm just not really sure what the comparable Intel processor and AMD graphics card would be. I'm going with at least 8 gigs of RAM, DDR3-1600 at least. I'm partial to the G.Skill ripjaws, but I'll go with whatever reputable brand is on sale first. RAM is RAM as far as I'm concerned. Pretty much the only thing I haven't accounted for is cooling... I'm thinking maybe an H60 or something because I like having a quiet computer. This case definitely has plenty of room for a radiator. I'm not a fan of cheap air cooling solutions, and I figure if I go with a more expensive air cooler I might as well get an H60. But, again, this is an area I wouldn't mind some suggestions in. For hard drives I was thinking dual 500GB-1TB drives, again depending on prices and sales.
18th November 2004
If you go Phenom II, stick with the 955 or 965 Black Edition and overclock them. My old 965BE had no trouble getting to 4.0GHz with no voltage adjustments.
As for memory, I've got 8GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz and they're just fine and dandy.
Hard drives...I would honestly just get one for now unless you really need RAID or more capacity. HDD prices are still pretty inflated from flooding affecting many production facilities in Asia.
I have a 965 BE right now, and it seems like it could be just a tiny bit faster for some games. Then again, maybe if I get a decent cooler I can actually overclock it. I don't overclock this thing on the stock heatsink, that pile of crap is barely sufficient at stock clocks. I won't be reusing this processor because there's something wrong with it. I figure after I get a new computer built I can set about getting it replaced under warranty and then sell the old computer. I just can't afford to send my processor in for replacement while it's my main computer.
I have 2x2GB of 1600MHz Ripjaws right now as well. As far as I can see, Ripjaws are the cheapest on the market in addition to looking really cool.
My thinking with the hard drives was that large, fast drives are still so expensive it's worth it to get 2 smaller ones instead. I'll have to look at prices again when I decide to buy and see if it's worth it.
So after looking it over, I'm thinking I'll probably go with an HD 6870 instead of a GTX 460. All the benchmarks put it way above the 460, and one of the best values out there.
Yeah, the "high end" AMD cards tend to outperform the "mid end" Nvidia cards at a cheaper price. However, a GTX 560 Ti will still outperform that, the 6870 will easily run games flawlessly.
A 560Ti is also a good 100$ more.
Oops, I just realize the link in the OP didn't work. Fixed :P
Also, the 965 is no longer sold on newegg, and the only 955 is an OEM and out of stock. The 970 and 975 are 10$ and 15$ off respectively for the next day or 2, not sure if I will get the 970 or the 975. Strangely, the 970 shows up in daily deals, but the 975 does not, even though the only sale I can see on either one is the promo code. (And does anybody know if "ends 1/8" means 1/8 is the last day or if it's no longer available on 1/8?)
Just a little update, I bought a Phenom II x4 975 on sale on Newegg yesterday. Now I just need a motherboard, DVD drive, and hard drive.
Does this look like a good deal? Is it good memory? I mean it looks fine to me, but then again it all seems to look the same on paper. Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
There's also a 6870 on sale which I plan on buying. All I need now is a motherboard and drives, and with all the money saved here I should have plenty of budget left over for a better motherboard than planned.
I'd sink the left-over money into the GPU to be honest. Nothing will give you as much of a performance difference as a better GPU.
The RAM's fine. These days it makes very little difference.