I want to buy a new computer, will be built - not prebuilt bought. Current specs and what I want in a new system.
CPU: AMD Athlon 3800+ (dual core) @ 2 GHZ
RAM: DDR2 - 3 GB
HD 250 GB connected by ATA
Motherboard: Asus A8N-BR (Pyrite)
GPU: Nvidia gForce 6150 LE (I think)
Misc: This computer is a HP slimline (s7700n)
And what I wanted in a new system:
- USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second
- USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s [I will get / use an SSD]
- Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB
- At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 TB)
- Has either a VGA or DVI port (current monitor I have has both)
- Also has support for HDMI (for the future monitor)
- Multicard reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo)
- Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (yes I know 360 is native support . . .)
- I would like a quad core.
- Multiple internal DVD drives - one blu-ray drive (watch movies, burn backups)
- Plenty of 3.5/5.25 drive bays . . .
- Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages
- Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (if needed)
- Windows XP (if 64 bit won't run some of the games I have) (if needed)
- [email protected] (although I use my PS3 for that when I'm not using it)
- Able to run most games from DOS era on, probably high settings
- Will use steam:
-- Elder Scrolls
-- Portal 1 & 2
-- Batman Arkham (Asylum/City)
-- Sonic Generations
-- Wolfenstein (3D)
-- Commander keen
-- Bioshock (1/2)
- L.A. Noire
- Will use CD/DVD's of the games I have:
-- Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal
-- Warcraft 3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne
-- Diablo 1 - 3 (when it comes out)
-- The Sims 1 - And all expansions
-- The Sims 2 (probably)
-- Simcity 4000 & Rushhour
- May use emulation (to run up to the PS2/Wii)
- I WANT UEFI (GUI), NOT BIOS (no gui)
- Eventually a dual monitor setup.
- Budget - Within about $1200 - $1500 dollars (American)
- I will wait for some parts (hard drives, GPU, etc) to drop in price.
- I don't need the absolute latest but this system should still be update-able in years to come and last a long time.
- Will eventually most likely want 16, 32 or more GB of RAM.
- I know I will get comments on get (or stick) with Home Premium - I have HP (32/64 bit)
I am grateful for input . . .
i7 2600k $320
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE $200
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB $60
amd radeon 7970 $550
OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular psu $80
cm 690 ll $70
OCZ Agility 3 120gb boot drive $130
Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5 tb $150
thats about $1560 without windows and dvd drive
you could get the save and get the ASUS P8P67 PRO version $160
also the amd radeon 7950 and save $100 there
hope that helps
Well one thing you will still have to get a OS disk period, what comes with the HP machine is a single machine license and HP does something with the bios on every one of their machines (which includes compaqs since XP hit the floor) that if you try the disc in another machine its gonna reject the HP windows key.
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz 189.99
there is a patch for the 8 core processor for windows 7
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ Open box 164.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 74.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 419.99
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 249.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W 134.99
Little more money but more reliable
Corsair Force Series 3 149.99
Sandy Bridge controller is better and costs a bit more but worth it.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 149.99
LG Black Super Multi Blu-Ray 79.99
LG DVD Burner 18.99
ASUS USB-BT211 Mini Bluetooth Dongle USB 2.0 12.99
As for a computer case that should be your preference but try finding a case with USB 3.0 ports on the front, don't worry if they do not come with USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 works with USB 2.0
and dont forget
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM 8.95
Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier - OEM 7.99
Most heat sinks come with standard thermal compounds and this would help clean the surface of the heat sinks.
Optional If you can squeeze it in or you can go a bit over budget or if prices drop on things, which they will.
CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler 94.99
Not necessary but is useful for keeping the cpu cooler
Is there a time frame when you do plan on building? If you wait till around the time of black friday that would probably be the best time to nail sales and there will be better parts by then which is a ways off by by then the Hard drive manufacturers should be up and running again too.
I already have a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium (32 & 64 bit) -- bought for $50 a few months before the release. I would rather stay away from overclocking.
With this setup you wont have to. Pretty much straight forward with UEFI on ASUS boards, Standard, Green and Turbo modes.
if you want a long lasting machine i'd go with the i7 system
no offence to amd fans but the i5 beats or is equal to the fx chip, its probably best not to hop on a "sinking ship"
also the 580 and 560 are last gen cards so the gtx 680 or 7970 would be more "future proof"
the ASUS P8P67 DELUXE also has bluetooth built in and over clocks for you based on temps and stability. you can buy a 3.5 card reader for about $10-$15 the cm case has a adapter
Unless I get a larger check than what I did a while ago the saved build I have on PCpartpicker will have to do. Also doesn't the 7970 take atlest 300+ watts? I doubt a 650 watt PSU (with the rest of the components) to be enough though this is my first build.
Nothing is "future proof" but you can build it to last long, Ive done it with both my AMD and Intel machines, Ill get 5 years out of both easy.
David if your gonna suggest a card with PCIe 3.0 capability, gonna need a board to go with it the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
You should set a budget, otherwise you're going to get ridiculous builds like above :P
You can get a decent I5-2500k, 8gb ram, 1TB HD etc, etc everything you need for about 1,000. For the games you're playing, something like a GTX 560TI or AMD 7850 will more than do the job, for now and years to come. No need to spend 500 on a graphics card unless you're running at extremely high resolutions or gaming across multiple monitors...it's just a waste (not to mention high end graphics cards have huge diminishing returns to their bang for buck)
he did set a budget of 1200 to 1500 and by the time he builds the parts are going to be cheaper than what they are now.
And I hope they are cheaper than just a simple 20 - 30 (40?)% . . . 2-3 GB of VRAM should be PLENTY for me -- I am right now at probably 64 MB (I think)*.
*Where in AIDA64 does it show graphics RAM?
your current system has 128 MB dedicated memory for your integrated video ram.
Well then, with 1500 I'd likely go for something like this:
Total is right under 1500 but has everything you need, will last a long time and has room from upgrades and further expansion.
i5-2550k - Basically same as the i5-2500k except there's no integrated graphics on the CPU, has potential to OC higher than i5-2500k in theory (+Hyper 212+ Heatsink so you can overclock, will take it to around 4.2-4.5Ghz)
8GB DDR3 1600mhz (2x4gb)
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 - (P67 is all ya need. You save money by not getting a Z68 and you get more features for the price range compared to Z68...you're not going to be using onboard video, so the z68 is pointless, everything you needed also features 2x PCI-E 3.0)
AMD 7870 2GB GPU (or AMD 7850 for 100 cheaper bringing total to a little less than 1400)
Drive bay card reader, pretty much reads everything.
Blu ray burner/player
1TB WD Caviar Black HD
128GB Crucial m4 sata 3 SSD
Rosewill Thor v2 Full Tower Case - All the room you'll ever need. Plenty of expansion bays, comes with 3x 230mm fans and 1x 140mm fan. The 3x 230mm will give you nice airflow but also be quieter than having a bunch of 120mm fans running. Has front 1x e-Sata, 2x USB 3.0 (hooked up via I/O on motherboard, board is compatible) and 2x USB 2.0
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