So I’ve decided to buy a new computer because the one I have now is a piece of junk. It’s not God awful but it certainly can’t handle any new games out right now. Here’s what I have selected on Newegg (I or a friend will be building this) so far:
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower - $50
Mobo: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX - $179
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core - $80
Power Supply: CORSAIR 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready - $90
Video: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 - $130
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 - $60
HD: Western Digital 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $50
I already have a 19" monitor, mouse, keyboard, and CD/DVD drives. I also have Firewire and Network cards on my current computer.
So this is my compromise for a gaming computer that isn’t really expensive, as you can see by the total cost. I’m willing to up the price if needed, so I was wondering if anyone has any input on anything, or recommendations. Some specific questions I have:
Am I going too cheap on the case?
Do I need a sound card or is the Mobo sound enough?
Would I need to buy another Firewire/Network card b/c they are old (5 or so years)?