So I'm being shipped off to college, and I'm gonna be working this summer to pay for a new computer. I'm not that great with diff kinds of hardware, too hard to choose. But I can build a computer etc. I want to keep it in the range 1000-1500, but if that doenst get me a top of the line pc then I would go more. I checked that one poll and most people said a new build is about 1250.
But this is what I need
Most emphasis on gaming and performance, like photo shop, editing software etc
Something that can run games like crysis with no problem (compared to others gaming rigs).
Also good sound card and good multimedia capabilities.
I've looked at the other threads and I couldn't find one with a few different options and I saw some with "old" components like the Q6600. I also don't want mine to be outdated tooo fast.
Thanks guys if you could list me off a configuration that you think would best fit me, I'd appreciate it.
Q6600 is not OLD, and by the look of stuff that you will be doing on your PC, it'll be far more than sufficient. Go with a SLI'd system if you want uber GPU performance, any dual core will handle the computation part just fine for you.
The Q6600 is more cpu than 95% of society has or will have for a short time to come. You are reading too many enthusiasts postings that make you think that way but thats ok its misleading.
For a 1000-1500 range you need to stick to something like the Q6600 or E8400. Even a little lesser cpu would likely do fine but if you can fit it in the parts list with your budget, I would.
When exactly are you building this pc? Are you getting the components now and will be paying someone back as you work this summer?
Or, are you working all summer so you can buy one? If this is the case you need to wait and get your list when you are ready to build because the parts you need are likely to change even in a few weeks period.
Let us know if its now or later and we can better answer your questions about what to get...
If you are going dual gpu's then I strongly recommend either getting two 3870s in crossfire or two 9600 GTs in sli depending on what motherboard you go with. I went with a 3870 (soon to be two) because the maximus extreme was the best board around at the time (arguably still today within reason). Start with picking out the best motherboard you can get right now, then make graphics card decisions afterwards. I don't think enough people take this to heart, but IMO the most important components of a computer is the motherboard, power supply, and case.
P.S. You get way a ton of performance for the price for the graphics cards I mentioned. Check out the graphics card charts here at Tom's and compare with prices at newegg. The 8800 series gets only a few more fps but they seem to cost anywhere from $75 to $200 more.
I would suggest a 28" monitor or greater, keyboard and mouse too. Use onboard sound and get some speakers of your choice if you dont have already...
Also, you could go with a lesser expensive motherboard and go dual video cards with the 9800GTX x2's (1 for now and another later). It will cost a little more up front but theres evidence you will get better performance with two x2s than 3 standard gtx's. This probably is true but 3 video cards in sli would be nothing to sneeze at nonetheless...