Lately I have been extremely bothered by my processor as it reaches the 5 year mark. I bought a computer from Dell just at the end of high school and it served its gaming purposed very well up until now. With the current motherboard I am unable to upgrade the CPU which is starting to die off, so I decided to compile some new components. This is my first build so I am a little lost with all the smaller components and compatibility stuff. So I was wondering if the parts I picked are any good and whether or not there are better deals.
Well to be honest there really is no budget on this rig. I plan on getting this probably as a graduation present to myself. I updated some of the parts to go for an i7 rig. I am new at this so I usually go with what has the best rating and mid range price.
I decided to go for the Windows Vista that comes with a free Windows 7 upgrade.
as the SATA cables don't block airflow like the old ribbon cables and because of their relatively thin width, they're much more easy to manage. They're also easier to pull out and plug in than those wide ribbon cables.
As for OS, if you can wait until Windows 7 actually comes out, you can just grab the Home Premium OEM/System Builder's Edition instead of grabbing Windows Vista + a Windows 7 upgrade (reinstalls would require you to reinstall Vista and then Windows 7).
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I am NOT an acorn! -.-
If you are going with an i7 build with no budget limits inmind, I would also recommend getting a new video card. What is the point of having such a top-of-the-line processor if your video card isn't? A GTX 260 Core 216 or a ATI 4870 1 gb at the very least.