I'm looking to build a new gaming PC in a few weeks, and was wondering what you guys would suggest for parts. I prefer to use an intel cpu, but other than that its all fair game. I'm willing to spend $600-800. I already have a 22" 1680x1050 monitor, but likely everything else other than a disk drive i will need new.
Look at a cheap core2 processor as they overclock like crazy, for gfx personally I would go for a 4850 or 4870, 4 - 8gb ram, 64 bit OS, I use an antec 900 case and they have just come down a bit in price, dont cheap out on the psu either.
I did a quick spec but havent looked too hard, havent confirmed that the memory is certified with mobo for example, the psu may be a bit overspeccd for your rig etc, but you should get a good idea.
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I'm pretty set on the CPU, which I will overclock to about 3.5 and GPU. Do you think the 550W PSU would be powerful enough to support Crossfire if I were to decide to be crazy and get two GPU's? or would I want to go with the 750W no matter what? or would running crossfire be pretty much useless? Does anyone know anything about either of these cases? I want something pretty sturdy with good airflow. Also if anyone knows of other sturdy, cold cases that have a side window links would be sweet. Needless to say I plan to use this for a gaming machine so it needs to run well and stay cool. I definitely want to get crysis and COD4, L4D, and will want to run Diablo III and Starcraft 2 if it ever comes out... I know crysis is impossible to run at max, but i'd like to run at least at high. Finally, did I forget anything important? IM going to take the 320 HDD and optical drive from my current desktop, and I'm running a 1680x1050 22" monitor already.
I would say definately go with the Gigabyte mobo. That is what i have and it works great. I would also suggest the 700w PSU over the 550w one just to be sure. But other than that its a great build. The GPU is also one that I have and it works great! I don't know about either of those two cases but the GPU is very large and we had a difficult time putting it in the Antec 900 so make sure none of the cases are too small for the video card or the mobo.
I know your feel strongly about the E7400 the AMD Phenom II 720BE is a beast of an overclocker. The CPU is a triple core which is going to be big when Starcraft comes out since RTS games seem to love more CPU cores (pretty much for the path find and unit AI). The AM2+ platform also has a bit more like in it if you upgrade either the CPU or the mobo (the 720BE is a AM3 chip so it'll go into the AM3 boards that support DDR3).
Do you think the 550W PSU would be powerful enough to support Crossfire if I were to decide to be crazy and get two GPU's? or would I want to go with the 750W no matter what? or would running crossfire be pretty much useless? Does anyone know anything about either of these cases?
You really need 650W min to crossfire 2x 4870's. Your CPU is going to consume ~150W and each GPU is going to consume ~200W underload, then you've got everything else which doesn't account for much but say another 50W, thats 600Ws.
IMO running SLI/Crossfire or paying for that option to have down the road is a waste of money for most people. The thing is you have to buy another 4870 before they stop producing them. Will that happen before you feel the effects of the 4870 holding you back? Maybe not. How much money do you spend to have crossfire support in your PSU and Motherboard. How do you save if you forget crossfire?
I stuck a 4870 in my antec 900 case no prob, I also use a aftermarket noctua cpu cooler. Thing is I am very interested in this nvidia 3d system that has just come out, would this be worth a look instead of the ati solution? Get a couple of 260's in sli and have a 3d gaming rig! Suppose it puts the cost up a lot tho..
3D glasses requires bascially a video card to 3x as power do do. So you getting 90FPS average in a game, your now getting 30. In addition you need a 120hz monitor or a DLP HDTV. ATI is coming out with their own version of this 3D business.