So, a couple of months ago, my computer died in a rather spectacular fashion. It appears that my Video Card had something bad happen to it, and it has taken out, at the very least, my motherboard as well as, I suspect, a number of other parts.


As you can see, there are a number of things missing. Namely 2 optical drives and a 250GB HD.

As a result of that, I have started looking into buying and building myself a new computer. I am in no hurry. I am also not looking for a cutting-edge system, as it is more for everyday use, most of my gaming is done on the 360 these days. Just the same, I would like it to be upgradeable as needed for the next while, and I would like to be able to play recent games on it, however I don’t expect (or need) to have the detail sliders slid all the way to the right.

Here is what my thinking is for looking at stuff:

Case – My current case is getting pretty long in the tooth, and I would like a new one that has some of the more modern amenities like USB ports and audio jacks in the front. It needs to fit in a space 10″ wide by 24″ tall.

Motherboard – I would like something that will hopefully be upgradeable for a while, barring major changes in technology and the like. Decent onboard sound would be good, but is not a deal-breaker considering it will be through stereo desktop speakers or a $30 stereo headset.

CPU – Decent. Don’t need last months model, something a year ago will do. I would like to be able to play Diablo III at some point in time, but I am not one of those people that need their sliders maxed out to the right. Don’t care Intel vs AMD.

RAM – 8GB I figure would be good.

HD – I have a 500GB one that works, but I would also like a SSD for my OS. I figure around 128GB would do.

Video Card – My current monitor is a [ur;=]VP 191b[/url] with a max resolution of 1280×1024. I plan on updating it in the future, but not anytime soon. Don’t plan on getting an HD monitor anytime, as I am not a graphics whore or anything like that.

I think that, before taxes,  I would like to spend around $900.

Due to another job I do, I get free shipping through Tiger Direct, so my parts will be going from there. I am not tied to them, so if it is cheaper elsewhere, I have no problems going there. Also, note that I know enough about parts to know that I not not much about parts. I am not tied to any of the below parts.

The Parts

Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case
I have only heard good things about this case, and given the restrictions on where it will be going, the increased ventilation it has is a good thing IMO.

Intel Core i5-2400 Quad Core
My dead PC was an AMD 3200 single core. Given that I don’t plan on doing any cutting edge gaming, I think this is a decent spot to start. If they release something new, I have no problems going up. But, like I said above, I have no desire to be bleeding edge.
(Note, willing to consider bumping up to i5-2500k for overclocking if the price isn’t too bad.)

Kingston HyperX Blu HS 8GB (2 x 4GB)
I know nothing about RAM, and the last I heard, Kingston was still a good supplier.

MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) Intel Z68 Motherboard
Tiger Direct currently shows this as out of stock, so I don’t know if it is temporary or a more permanent thing.
Edit – It appears that the motherboard I picked originally is no longer in stock, so it is back to the drawing board for a motherboard/CPU combo.

Video Card:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
This is not cutting edge, but I think it is decent for what I want. Again, not a graphics whore.

Other parts:
SSD – Corsair Force Series 3 120GB ($139.99)
DVDRW – LG 24X SATA DVDRW drive ($17.99)


Possible CPU/MoBo combos:

1 – Drop from 580 to 480 on the Video Card, and then grab the following combo:
i5-2500k, 3.30 GHz and ASUS P8Z77-V LX