This is my first entirely solo build. I have had 2 "custom" PC's prior, but both were created from cragslist purchases where I would upgrade bits and pieces. So, this is my first build, created entirely from scratch with mainly new parts. I wanted a more professional look with fewer LEDs and add-ons from my old Smilodon case.
I am coming from a 2.6 Dual Core, 4GB ddr2, 500gb 5400 rpm hdd. What a difference!
As for a PSU and GPU...My previous PSU is a Xion 650 watt that is still in very good condition (4 yrs old), so I decided to re purpose that to save some money. Secondly, my graphics cards are also transferred from my old build. They are dual 8800GT in SLI. Research pending, I am leaning towards the Radeon 7850 or 7870 or even nVidia's equivalent. Essentially, i'll be looking for the best bang for my buck in a 2GB GPU around the 200 pricemark. Your GPU recommendations are very much appreciated!
I currently have a nice setup, using my 32" HDTV as a monitor. I'd like to add some decent speakers to the mix too (a simple 2.1 arrangement for my desk). Recommendations?
The one downside I have seen is that the noise level is just ta bit higher than I'd like. It's comparable to an Xbox slim's noise. Not loud, but not quiet. How can I lower those decibels?
This was put together about 2-3 weeks ago and cost approx $620.