this is the first time I intend to build a computer from scratch, so I wonder if the experts could have a look at my configuration and see if there are incompatible parts that I missed, or if there are better parts/deals for a similar price out there? My budget lies around 800 (euros,unfortunately, this makes price comparison somewhat complex). I live in Belgium, so I'll have to rely on local shops (shipping usually adds a lot of costs). This computer will be used for basic office tasks (word processing, powerpoint, pdf, etc), statistical analysis programs like SPSS, and gaming (mostly strategy and rpg, maybe some fps. On medium settings, basically where it remains comfortable to look at). I'll keep away from overclocking for now, at least until I know what the [bleep] I'm doing.
This machine is to replace the breaking down laptop I'm using now. I have some spare time coming up in the next two months, so I'd prefer to build it in that period (the sooner the better).
Anyway, components I've found:
motherboard: ASUS Crosshair III Formula (Socket AM3-AMD 790FX-ATX-DDR3) - 169.50
RAM: Kingston 4GB (2x 2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 Lifetime Warranty 96.00
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3,4 GHz AM3 Boxed With Cooler* (HDX965FBGIBOX) 175.00
*(I have no idea if the cooler is adequate... :s)
HDDrive: Seagate 250GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB (ST3250318AS) 36.50
Graphics: ASUS ATi Radeon HD 4870 PCIe 512MB HDMI Dual DVI* 139.00
*Model EAH4870/HTDI/512M; Clock Core 750MHz - Mem Core 3.60GHz
DVD- Samsung DVD Writer SATA 22x DL Zwart (SH-S223F/BEBE) 25.00
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 PC 45.00
Power Supply:Trust 520W PSU Big Fan PW-5550 20-pins 24-pins
Wireless Network card: Linksys WMP 600 Wireless-N PCI 45.00
(I need a wireless due to internet infrastructure here)
I have a mouse, keyboard and computer screen from another computer.
Also, currently I think I'll install xp on it for now and in a few months, when I have more money to throw away, and when Microsoft has made improvements, I'll buy windows 7.
Current pricing comes at 775. I've never built a computer, and haven't been paying attention to the hardware market, so I doubt this is the best rig for the price, and I'm sure there are elements I've overlooked.
Any and all comments or suggestions are appreciated...