This summer I'm going to be completely building my own computer for gaming purposes. I got to a State college here, and it doesn't cost a lot. I have a scholarship that covers tuition, as well as some grants. So each semester I pretty much get about 3k extra. (Surely that will go down each year, and I can't spend much of any as I'm MADE to put it my savings lol).
Anyway, when summers comes and I have a lot extra cash, I'm going to build my computer. I've compiled a list of selected parts I'm going to build it with.
I consider myself above average knowledge of building computers. I can build the computer no problem, but what I'm not good at is paying attention to all the fine details about the parts being compatible with each other before I buy them.
That's where you fine people come in. Below I'll list the parts I have, or am going to get, provided with a link to a page with specs.
Could you all please look over it and make sure everything is compatible/give me suggestions as to something better if there is (but I don't want to pay a fortune, mind you).
I'm buying the hard drive I'm buying because it comes in a bundle with Vista 64-bit for free. It's $190 for the hard drive and Vista. I could get them seperate, but that'd cost a lot more. But if I did I was thinking about the Western Digital 750GB HD.
I have no clue about that build as far as compatibility goes. But I know this one is good/cost effective. If you want my opinion: Go with this build. It will not cost too much more than yours... and is a sexy build for the mainstream market today... (also what I am using atm)
Processor: Intel E8400 or 8500 (these things are rock solid)
Mobo: GA-EP45-DS3R or Asus P5Q (both support the new 45NM tech, and are cost effective and well made)
Ram: Mushkin 4GB kit X 2 em2-6400
GPU: ATI 4800 series (4850 HD 512MB are cheap now)
HDD : Western Digital 640/750 GB (price and quality)
Optical drive : LG Super Multi Lightscribe drive (lightscribe owns) unless u need blue ray.
PSU : Corsiar HX 620W
Case: Antec 1200
This case will use the stock cooling, very sufficiently... trust me. If you follow any of this build go with the case! It is a monster, but it owns, best bang for buck gaming case I think, I am extremely satisfied with mine.
OS: Uhhh Vista 64 (SP2) I guess.... I have not experienced a major problem yet with yet.... I still don't like ANY OS I have encountered.
Btw I think there Is a similar thread to this somewhere....
OK sorry, I went back and checked my sales receipt and I got it for 169.99 brand new.
Compared to the case you selected, 100+15 for the fan.
So for an extra 55$ you are getting (in my opinion) a case that not only looks better, but a case that has been reviewed by many people to be on of the best cases available for that price. The same can be said for the parts in my list. (aside from how they look) but that really doesn't matter now does it?
In the end it's up to you but I recommend dishing out the extra 55$ for the Antec 1200, you won't be sorry you did, there is nothing wrong (that I know of) with the one you choose though. Just compare them side by side, the features everything, make your own decision, this is mostly all just speculation...come to your own conclusion and do what you think is right for you. This is just what I think.