Originally Posted by Imhoff
Actually, my tv will be acting as the monitor. 32'' Samsung. So not sure how that plays in effect with certain video cards.
I would be building it from the ground up. Hard drive I am looking for something around 500 Gig(anymore is overkill for me).
Ram somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 gig. Would also like to try and build it in a compact sized case (bigger than a mac mini obviously, but way smaller than those behemoth Alienware cases).
Video card is abviously important for gaming, but would like something that will play the likes of Diablo 3/Starcraft 2 at max settings. My only gaming experiences will be with Blizzard games, not going to be playing games like Crysis and such that demand high end cards.
right on. i'm was in the same boat as you earlier this year...
Advice: in order to get the most bang for the buck, i would try to get a decent ATI graphics card... (http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-video-card-february-2012/
you should also consider getting an AMD motherboard & chipset... (http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-cpu-best-processor-april-2012/
i would also seriously consider getting a legit heatsink... the ones that come with your cpu are flimsy at best.
- something like this should work.. (might be a little bit pricier than you would like).
you can also check that forum for used goods... just as good imo.
1)also, are you looking at a microatx form factor or a normal ATX tower? i think the micro atx's are a bit more pricey but are a lot smaller... (my current rig is about 17" tall vs. my previous rig which was closer to 25" or so)
2) Check to see if your 32" SS TV/monitor is close to 1080P quality. if not, invest in a decent monitor... (i really like the LG 236v's... imo, they are the best bang for the buck led monitors out on the market right now... and they're close to EOL so you should be able to find them pretty cheap)