I've been getting more and more annoyed with my laptop, so i think it's time i made the transition to a desktop. in the interest of efficiency (and cause i want to), i think i'm going to try and build my own pc, for the first time ever.
as i am basically new to this aspect of computers, i'll be taking it quite slowly. this is my initial list of bits, all hyperlinked to newegg:
Code:Component Name Price Case Tuniq ATX Mid Tower $84.00 Floppy Drive Sony 1.44Mb $10.00 Hard Drive Seagate 250Gb 7200RPM 16Mb SATA150 $135.00 CD/DVD Drive BenQ Combo Burner w/ LightScribe $53.00 Processor 2.2 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ $460.00 Processor Fan Aerocool 92mm $55.00 Motherboard ASUS A8N-E Nvidia nForce4 Ultra $95.00 Memory OCZ 2x1Gb DDR400 non-ECC $199.00 Power Supply Coolmax 24-pin 600W $131.00 Video Card GeForce 7900GT $360.00 Sound Card SB X-Fi Platinum 24-bit 96 kHz 7.1 Ch. $180.00 Mouse A4Tech Optical Gaming $30.00 Display Asus 17" LCD $320.00 Network Card Linksys Gigabit, 1xRJ-45 $24.00 Keyboard Saitek Blue-glow Eclipse $47.00
what i'm looking for from those in the know is, is this the most efficient use of my money? i.e. is there anywhere i can spend a little more cash and get a lot more performance? or is there anywhere i'm spending too much money on not enough performance? is any one component holding the rest back? or is there a component that's too advanced for the rest of the system, and can be pared back a bit without performance loss?
i'm aiming for a gaming computer, but not one at the level of the hardcore 'gamers' - the ones that spend hours a day on it. i want to be able to run F.E.A.R. at or near its highest graphics level, but i don't need to be compiling a program in the background at the same time. i'd also like it to be future-ready, at least a little, so that when e.g. FEAR 2 comes out, i don't need to upgrade anything immediately...