It was around 10-12 years ago that I built my first and only PC from individually ordered computer pieces. Afterwards, I started using laptops for work and study and lost touch with PC building. It now seems that choosing pieces has become way more complex than it was at that time I built my first PC. After spending many hours looking through the parts available at NewEgg, I came to the conclusion that I could use a little bit of help. I figured that by posting on a forum such as this one, I could profit from the collective pool of knowledge and avoid hours upon hours of sifting through hundreds of models of CPUs, motherboards and graphics cards.
However, I did manage to gather a list of components that are relatively cheap and that seem to offer acceptable performance. This list is actually a kit that a local shop sells for around 800-900$ for moderate to heavy gamers, apparently. Here it is :
CPU Intel Core i5-2320 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz (3.3GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52320
MotherBoard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8G
Video PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Hard Drive Seagate Pipeline HD ST31000322CS 1TB 5900 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply Orion 650W 140mm Fan
Sound card Not specified
CD Drive Not Specified
A couple of notes, the case has to go, I hate the NZXT M59, I want something simple with space. The motherboard seems a bit iffy to me, from reviews on NewEgg. The PSU is impossible to find on NewEgg so I'm also unsure on that one. Also, there's probably a better video card available out there for the same price. Suggestions on a monitor, 24 to 27 inches are also welcomed!
Now, I would like to first see what you guys think of this build. Then I would like suggestions on how to upgrade this list while remaining in a reasonable budget. I figure you guys have already sifted through available components and can save me a ton of time.
Thank you all for your help,