My old computer has finally gotten to the point where It is struggling to do the tasks I need it to. So, I have decided to try build my own computer as a replacement. This forum has been a great help, so I thought I would run a few things by you guys, get some advice and make sure everything works together before I buy the parts. I've been wanting to do this in the past, so I have done quite a bit of research on each component, just thought it would be important to ask those with experience.
1. What is your budget?
I don't have a large budget. I wouldn't be willing to go much higher than €750, but less is always better.
2. What will be the main purpose of the computer?
I want it to be able to reasonably run graphics software such as Photoshop, cad software such as autocad and solidworks, and computational software such as Mathematica and Pari/GP. I'm not a hardcore gamer but I would like to play a few games such as skyrim with reasonably high graphics on my 1680x1050 screen.
3. Do you need a copy of Windows?
4. Can you use any parts from an old computer?
I've got lots of dvd drives around so I'm fine for that.
5. Do you need a monitor?
5b. If no, what resolution is your current monitor and do you plan to upgrade in the near future?
I dual monitor with a 1680x1050 and a 1280x1024. The 1680x1050 is the main, and don't plan on upgrading any time soon.
6. Do you need any of these peripherals?
7. Are you willing to try overclocking?
I will in the future, but for now I won't. I'll get a cpu cooler when I want to overclock, unless otherwise is advised.
8. How can you pay?
Hoping to pay by paypal.
9. When are you purchasing?
I would like to get it this week, this old computer really dosn't have much life left in it. It isn't sounding or acting to healthily.
10. If you need help building it, where are you based?
With the help of the internet I should be able to figure it out, but I'm in Bray just in case.
Here is what I am thinking of getting:
As you can see, the GPU is used stock. I wanted to get some advice on this. Does anyone have any experience with dabs used stock, or should used stock be steered clear of? The condition of the GPU reads "This item has been opened for inspection" unlike most others which are described as "used item". If it was never used but just opened, I would be to happy save €40 by going with that one. I could also shave of another €20 by going with a used case. So really I'm asking if used stock is more trouble than it's worth, or would it be all right to save a bit?
Is this all the components I would need, or have I overlooked a vital component?
If you think this is an awful combination of parts, and that you could come up with something vastly better, I would be happy to see your choice. All advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help.