My desktop is now 7 years old (since 2003 and no upgrades except for the HDD), and I think it is about time that I get a new one (especially now I have an income at least working as an overworked graduate research assistant). I am planning to assemble my first computer, and I am willing to spend no more than $1000.
I am looking to assemble a high performance computer but also economical if possible.
I will mostly use this computer to play the following games at maximum performance: Starcraft II, Continent of the Ninth, Blade and Soul, Maginobi Heroes, other Blizzard/NCSoft/Nexon/SquareSoft/SquareEnix games
And I will occasionally run computational simulations on this desktop.
Here are the parts I am going to order:
Computer Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8008GQ
Video Card: SPARKLE SFPX94GT1024U2 GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Power Supply: Diablotek DA Series PSDA400 400W ATX12V Power Supply
Fan/Heat Sink: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
Hard Drive: I will just use my old hard drive from my old PC
Total for all of the components listed above: $809.88 without shipping
I am not sure if the power supply will come with the motherboard or the case normally, but I listed here in case there isn't any. I am not sure if the Fan/Heat Sink is needed.
I want to know if these components are compatible with one another and with my requirements and needs. If there are suggestions for a better substitute, please let me know, I want to hear them.
So far I am looking at Newegg at ordering computer parts, but, if a part or substitute is listed at a cheaper price somewhere else, please post a link and let me know.
Any advices and inputs are greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading. I thank you in advance for offering me your advice.