I'm thinking about building a desktop PC using Tom's $500 gaming rig as a template and I'd like the community's input. I haven't owned a desktop since the PIII era, much less built one so I'm starting from scratch for all practical purposes. I'll be dual booting ubuntu and win7 for gaming and otherwise using it as a workstation.
It seems like I could get a lot of computer if I shopped around a bit (Tom's is sponsored by Newegg of course) and dropped in some more money. Let's say my budget is $650.
1. What would you add/subtract to this build besides the obvious memory upgrades?
2. What are some obvious shortcomings of this build that I'm likely not seeing as a first-time builder?
3. What peripherals would you recommend? Monitor? Keyboard?
Here's the build: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...uter,3364.html
Thanks!CPU: Intel Pentium G850 (Sandy Bridge): 2.9 GHz Base Clock Rate, No Turbo Boost, 3 MB Shared L3 Cache $70
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP: LGA 1155, Intel H77 Express $70
RAM: G.Skill Value Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 3-10600CL9D-8GBNT $34
GPU: PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH: Radeon HD 7850 1 GB $170
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD3200AAKX: 320 GB, 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive $65
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid-Tower $40
Power Supply: Antec VP-450 450 W $36
Optical Drive: LG 24x DVD Burner SATA Model GH24NS90-OEM $16
Total Price $501