Originally Posted by danielson
...it all adds up to $885...
Antec P150 comes w/430 power supply. $150
Asus P5B-E $150
Intel E6300 CPU $185
2GB Corsair Value Select PC-5300 Ram $169
7600GT Video Card $120
Seagate 320GB hard drive $88
Lite On CD/DVD Burner $38
Card Reader $10
Greetings, folks...I'm also looking to build a complete system for moderate gaming, music, etc. I didn't see a point in posting a new board, since my specs are almost identical to danielson's. Unfortunately, I can't order from Newegg since I live in Canada. I've shopped around at several local independent stores, and they all seem to be around the same price component-for-component, though it still seems inflated to me. I'm also moving away in less than a week, so time is of the essence, otherwise I'd wait until the end of April as glc suggested. Also because of that, I don't have the time to put it together myself (nor really the confidence/expertise to do so without potentially frying something), so the store will assemble & test it for me. Any suggestions on how I could reduce the cost while maintaining decent performance? Anyhow, here's what I'd like in mine (prices in Canadian Dollars):
Keep in mind, I don't plan on o/c'ing, no need for RAID, Firewire, WiFi or SLI. I realize that Corsair ValueSelect 667MHz is the recommended RAM for similar builds here in the forum, but the business I'm intending on buying from said he had 2 RMA's for Corsair RAM and said to go with OCZ. I'm also aware of the 965 chipset problem with IDE drives, and I'm pretty sure that LG is an IDE (I haven't seen any SATA available here), and I already have a 200GB IDE for storage. So, is there another Asus board I could/should go with? Or perhaps an Intel or Gigabyte?
I also own a Sony 2.1 400W stereo with L/R RCA inputs, so I could forego getting new speakers altogether if the onboard sound has a stereo output that I could connect to my sound system.
Keyboard & mouse doesn't really matter, I just need the basics...no cordless, no internet keys/function, and just a 3-button scrollwheel. (open to suggestions, either Logitech or MS).
Is there anything else I could downgrade to cut the cost? I realize the importance of the PSU, would a SmartPower 450 still be good? (it's only $10 cheaper anyway). I don't particularly care about the case, I just used that as an example since it was recommended in one of the other topics...I find it kind of pricey. As a last resort, I could step down to a 7600GS or 7300GT, but preferably not.
Also with the video card & monitor combination...i don't mind playing games at lower resolutions (ie., 1024x768) to get better performance, but will there be any issues since it doesn't match the monitor's native res (which i believe is 1440x900)? In that case, should I go with a non-widescreen version (931C, 1280x1024)?
Okay, I know that's a hell of a lot of questions, but I think I've covered it all...input, please!