Hello all. I'm just to decide whether or not to build a new computer. I'm trying to decide what to do right now. I'm wanting to build a new computer now, but I'm wondering if I should wait a couple of months and wait for some newer stuff to come out. So right now I'm just pricing a new computer, and I need some opinions/suggestions.
As you can see I've decided to spend the extra money for a overall better computer, and to make it last a little longer than my current one (Going on 2yrs). Does this setup seem future proof? Reason I'm going with the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Black Edition is because for the price I feel that it is the best solution for me. Its performance seems to fall in between the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 and the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750. Plus, if I can find that motherboard, then I'll have a AM2 CPU slot, so I'll be able to use all of AMD's new CPUs for the next year or so. By the way, does anyone know where I can find that motherboard, I've looked on Newegg, ZipZoomFly, Tigerdirect, and Compusa.
This would be about what fits into my budget, but I'm still thinking of whether to buy now or wait. If I were to buy today, which computer would you recommend, and what would you change? Also, I "would" like to be able to overclock.
Thanks for the help.
P.S. I'll be using this computer for daily tasks, media center (Movies), and light gaming (Battlefield 2, Half-Life 2, Call of Duty 4) on mid quality.
if you can afford it...try to get an HD3850...i noticed you picked out an x1950 pro, which is a great card, but it's not as future proof as the HD3850 is...
I would also recommend an X2 5000+ BE instead of the X2 5200+...you will have to spend money on a heatsink, but it shouldn't be that much...the thing with the Black Edition is that its REALLY easy to OC...REALLY easy
The performance gained from OCing the Black Edition will heavily outweight the gain from the L2 cache on the 5200...the BE OCs like crazy...
Whichever way you go...try to at least get an HD3850 or better...
I'm starting to lead more towards the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition. I'm thinking that I'm just going to buy everything, but the video card (ATI HD 3850) and buy that in about a month or two at the lastest.
I need some help in choosing a budget fan/heatsink for the CPU, and remember I'm limited to height due to the case (Around 75mm tall at most). Also, I'm still looking for some suggestions as far as a PSU.
If you want something cheap that will gain you plenty of performance through overclocking go with an Intel E2160 and a p35 board like zenmaster said. I wouldn't buy AMD right(that hurts to say because I'm kind of a fan boy). Intel is just better right now. About your PSU, I would go with the Corsair VX550w. I think I seen somewhere that it's $69.99 shipped at buy.com. For only $20 more you get alot more PSU than you could get with only spendin $50 on a cheapy. It has a single 41A 12v rail which is more than enough for a HD3850, plus you have a plenty of headway to upgrade. the PSU also has a 5 year warranty
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Add in the $40 for your case and the $70 Corsair PSU it comes to $531.
thats a pretty good pc for that price
Thanks for the help thus far everyone, but there is one small problem, the motherboard that jalpaugh1978 suggested won't fit my case. I need a Micro-ATX case. Reason is, I really like that case, and I was wanting one like it when I built my current computer 2 years ago, but I guess I might skip on it and go for performance.
I like AMD myself, while intel would be faster, if you do AMD, make sure you pick up an AM2+ board, then you could still use that black edition, and after they get the Phenoms fixed, later on you can pick up a quad for your motherboard, and still have a good system. I personally don't have a 5000+ black edition, but I do have a 5200+, and it is great. Nice, snappy. Not as fast as an overclocked intel setup, but it would do fine for you and do all your games, whatever you want. The bad thing on intel is I think their newer chips will not use the socket 775 they have been using. However the nice thing on AMD is their new and current chips use a similar enough socket, like if you get an AM2+ board, you can use the AM2 series chips, then like I said, go up to an AM2+ socket Phenom when the bugs are worked out.
The Mushkin 550200 is a Tier-T PSU. There are many better, but this is certainly a good one, and its modular cables are VERY nice in a micro-ATX case. I've installed two of them, with no issues whatsoever.
If, however, you want a higher tier that is modular, look at a Corsair HX.
The RaidMax PSU that someone listed is on tier-5 ("do not buy"). Jonnyguru (and others) have done reviews of cheap PSUs like those that typically feature nasty odors and/or pyrotechnics by the time the load reaches 75% of spec; some as low as 50%. That's why it is a bad idea to get a cheap PSU. Small is ok; a good 400 will outperform a cheap 680.