Relatively new to the forums Ė first post Ė though Iíve been lurking around for a few months doing some research and getting a sense of what designing and building a custom PC is all about. Looks to be a lot of helpful people kicking around the PureOC forums, and thereís certainly no shortage of information to pillage through.
Quick background on myself Ė I grew up as a gamer from a young age, consoles, pcs, arcades; you name it. Spent a ton of my time enjoying the video game world up until I graduated university, then reality kicked in and my gaming time has been scaled back severely ever since. That said, I still like to keep the tools of the trade up-to-date for when I do have time to play and am now at a point financially where I can afford all the awesome toys I always wanted when I was younger. I am an engineer by trade and a hands-on person by nature, so naturally I am very interested in customizing my own build to my personal wants and needs.
Unfortunately, fall and winter are the busiest seasons for my line of work (Iím talking like 70+ hours a week), so my gameplan is to reel in the various components I need over the next several months (whenever I can find a good deal) and look to get the build up and running in the early spring. What am I looking for? I donít really need the super-duper-latest-greatest-top-of-the-line-ultimate-best-awesomesauce everything (honestly Iím most excited about being able to play Diablo 3 at max settings with ease next year, and knowing Blizzard youíll probably be able to get close with an old 486Ö), but that said my budget is fairly flexible and I donít want to have to do much upgrading for the first couple of years if at all possible. Iím looking to build from the ground up. For the sake of argument, lets say I want to get this thing built for somewhere between $1,500 - $2,000, cheaper if reasonable, more if necessary.
I havenít got very far into the details yet. So far Iím leaning towards a CoolerMaster HAF 922 case, a Corsair PSU (possibly the 750TX, looks like thereís a good sale at Newegg right now?), some form of intel multi-core processor, an SSD hard drive for the OS, an HDD hard drive for storage, and the motherboard, graphics card, RAM, optical drive, fans etc. are all TBD at the moment.
Anyways, wanted to get a thread up and running to get some inputs from you guys. Sorry for the wall of text, let me know if I left anything out!