Alright folks. After seven or so years using this puter, I have finally decided its time to upgrade. I know these things have come along way since last I messed with them and I am looking for any advice and help I can get.
I am attempting to maintain a budget on my new build, and this is my first build as well. I wont be using it for any real extreme gaming, I got a PS3 and 360 for that, but I know there are alot of PC games out there that never make it to the platforms. Sure some make it to the 360, but I dont really care for the 360... thats a discussion for elsewhere. So anyway, I live in the freaking sticks so I cant get broadband except for Hughesnet and thats not broadband no matter who says it is, so online gaming is not an option for me.
However, I do want to be able to see a game I like and not worry "Will my puter run this?". Most games will be strategy or roleplaying like StarCraft II, Age of Empires 3, Divinity II.. things like.
Any new computer will be a huge leap forward compared to what I have now. I am gonna go with AMD and for some reason I want ATI for my graphics card. My old MoBo is a gigabyte and after seven years, I still cant complain. From what I read and what I am gonna be using it for, I dont think the Phenom II is what I need. I think I can get by with the Athlon II 635. Yeah it only runs at 2.9 Ghz but it comes in at 100 bucks, I dont see my overclocking in my near future. Now on the other hand, the Phenom II 955 is only what, 50 dollars more. But I would need more power and more Mobo. So there's my dilemna.
I am so far behind on the technology, I dont know exactly what to do. So here is kinda where I am at.
AMD Athlon II X4 635
: I can always slap a phenom II in this one later if need be and this one has USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/sec and I can set up crossfire, though I dont think I will be needing it.
Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB
Im also gonna have a DVD burner or two And two 2 gig sticks of Corsair 1333 mhz RAM. Running Windows 7
The power supply is one place that really hangs me up. I saw these:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=S23-1112
I can get either from Tigerdirect for 30 dollars so I am kinda wondering how they will be, I know very little about computer PSUs so what do you guys think?
And finally, a place to put it all. The case. I dont need anything fancy, it will just be under a desk or somewhere noone will see it. All the talk about cooling I dont know if this one is worth anything or not.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...p;sku=G452-8010
Other case options if that one is insufficient would be:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811208009http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811517002
They also look nice.
If I go with the cheap MoBo and case, I can build this system for just under $750 with a mediocre wireless keyboard and mouse, cheap speakers and decent monitor with shipping and handling. If I go with the higher end products, I would be coming in close to 900.
Would the cheap build be a good system for moderate gaming? I know the benefits of stepping up the MoBo so other than that, how does everything else look? Like I say, it's been so long since I fooled with any of this I feel like a noob, if that word is even still used. LOL.
Thanks in advance.