Hello everyone. I've been wanting to build a new computer for a while and have been doing some research but still have a few questions. The computer will be almost completely for gaming/internet browsing. I want to be able to play current and upcoming games (Company of Heroes, Spore, Halo3) at a decent speed. I don't need to or want to play any games at 3000x4000 resolution with maxed out graphics, but I don't want to have to play on the lowest graphics settings at 5fps. I'm planning on the computer costing, very roughly $600 + the cost of a decent video card. I'm hoping once I get everything I won't have to upgrade any part for at least 2 years (hopefully
). First, the specs on the computer I plan to build.
: 160GB internal SATA Seagate HD. Specs include "7200 RPM, 8MB Cache, 3.5-inch Drive" Was originally $110, but bought it on sale for $50 at CompUSA. But if it turns out to be a lemon I can always return it, or better yet, sell it on ebay for over $50 and make a profit.
: Currently have 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (not sure what speed it's running at 400/667/etc) from a company called "Kingston". I'm almost positive it's dual channel. Bought it, maybe, 6 months ago. The guy at Circuit City told me that Kingston makes really good quality ram.
: Was thinking about getting a core 2 duo E6300 ($190 from newegg.com) but then I noticed core 2 duo E6400 ($220 from newegg.com) was only about $30 more. Is there a noticeable difference between the two? Should I even get a dual core? I don't really multi-task a lot but two cores might help with playing one game faster. It also says it comes with a heat sink and a fan. Does that mean I won't need to buy a cooling fan for the computer? That'd be great if I didn't have to buy another fan, but I'm worried that since it's free it might be cheap-y and not as powerful as other fans and therefore not able to keep my computer cool enough. I don't want to have my new computer melt because I didn't buy a $50 fan.
: ATX, SLI, LGA 775. It supports DDR2 ram (all the way up to 8GB ). It says its compatible with the core 2 duo (and quad-core if I ever want to upgrade
). Its got 2 PCI slots, one PCI-E x16, one PCI-E x1. I can use my SATA HD with it also. But I'm a little confused with the LAN/internet. On my current computer I have a cord that goes into a slot saying "Ethernet", this new motherboard has an "RJ 45 Gigabit LAN port". Does the difference matter? Will I have to get an adapter? Should I look for a new Motherboard?
: Been looking at some at Microcenter and online. Haven't decided yet. I'm making sure they are all ATX compatible (and they have cool clear side panels
). I saw some good ones in the $50 to $100 range with a power supply included. Most are between 400 and 500 watt supplies. Is my motherboard/CPU/(any new video card I get) going to need more juice than this?
: Not planning on getting a new card anytime soon. My old card is a little outdated. Its an ATI Radeon 9250 256MB, PCI (okay, really outdated). When I do buy it though (PCI-E of course) I'll be looking in the $150-$200/$250 price range.
: No idea whatsoever lol. I just need something to read and write CDs and DVDs (DVD-RW,DVD+RW,whatever). Is a DVD/CD combo cheaper or more expensive than getting them separate.
Please let me know if one of these things on this list isn't incompatible with another item. Is there any place (online/store) that has these items on sale? Also, is it a good time to build a new computer? I know that windows vista is coming out at the end of the month with DX10 and nice gaming capabilities. And I think I will wait till a little bit after that to buy my computer and vista. I'm worried that two weeks after I buy my new computer Intel/AMD/etc will release a new generation of CPUs/Motherboards/etc sending the prices of all older models to really low prices. If any new, revolutionary hardware is coming out relatively soon I'd rather wait till it drives prices down so I could save some money or pay they same amount of money and get a much more powerful computer. Is there new technology I should wait for that will send prices down? If you have read this much, bravo. I'd really appreciate any and all help and would be glad to answer questions. Thanks so much in advance guys.
EDIT: here are some links for some items I want to get
(already bought, but I can still return it for about 2 more weeks or sell it on ebay if its crappy)