I am currently planning on building a new PC within the next month and am starting to prepare for the expense. This was a hard deal for me as for one, I have always used AMD and Nvidia for my computing needs. However, after much review and other advice from others I have been hearing Intel and ATI are kicking both of their tails... so I have decided to look into them.
Below I have put together a "rough draft" of some research I have put together into a new rig, but would like some advice especially on the motherboard... as I know nothing about Intel systems and only know about the Wolfdale processor from reviews... if there is better, or another superior board around the same price that would be recommended. Also, after review the following questions:
A) This PC will be used mainly for gaming, with included anyone's recommendations, what rating would you give it 1 (low end) - 10 (high end)
B) I am also building for the sake of the upcoming Aion and Stargate mmo's, currently I play WoW... will this PC should handle upcoming gaming needs?
C) My current PC plays WoW like a champ, all that I am playing as nothing else interests me that is out currently... would I be good to build now or wait?
D) Any trims to the current build without sacrificing too much power? Currently I am borderline from the budget I wanted, which is once reason I always went AMD because of the price. From question 2 though, I have heard a 3.0 processor is needed unless I have heard wrong.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 119.99
Agree with Bigburn. As long as what you're playing at this moment is fine, then don't build a new system, wait till they're actually released or you're playing the Beta. Prices usually improve with time and something better is always on the horizon.
Right now DDR3 is a very poor value, it adds little to performance, but costs a lot. Check out anothe P45 or a X48 if you want top performance in Crossfire. While OCZ makes good power supplies, Corsair makes better and usually cheaper, check out the 750TX.
I agree - if your current system comfortably meets your needs hold off on the upgrade as price/performance always improves. Right now you should particularly consider that the new Intel Nehalem processors due out later this year will use a new socket - so any mobo you get now will be "obsolete" - or at least severely upgrade limited - in the very near future.
I forgot to mention that, even though my current PC is up to par for my current needs (WoW) I am only renting it which is bad on my part but I was desperate since out of the blue my old rig of 6 years died on me when I moved to my new apt (cpu fan died, didn't know and cascade effect on cpu and m/b. I don't mind the renting, just that I would rather start the project and make sure it is up to par then paying something I won't own.
Also, the ram I was thinking that as well but only picked it because according to the specs of that particular board it required the ddr3.
You did not relist the graphics card - does that mean you still plan to use the 4850? If so you might be making a mistake. To spend $1300 on a system for gaming and only have a 4850 grahics card - at about $190 - is a serious misallocation of resources - or at least one that means you have some other priorities that are a lot higher than maximizing game performance.
In that price range you should have at least a 4870 or maybe a pair of 4850's.
Crossfire is the ATI process to run two or more graphics cards (such as a pair of 4850's) on a mobo designed for that purpose. nVidia calls their counterpart SLI.
Note that they designed it to allocate $376 for twin 8800GT video cards. I think if they designed it today they would now go with twin HD4850's for the same money. Here is the latest graphics card round up where the twin HD4850's are the ONLY card recommended above $280 (although they do provide an alternative for those already stuck with SLI and needing an upgrade path). THG states "At this performance level and at this price, we have a hard time recommending anything more expensive than two Radeon 4850s."
So for the same $1,000, joeydtx could have a top of the line gaming rig. So I don't think the number is just fine if his primary objective is to maximize the gaming rig for the money - and he did say gaming was his main use.
Wow guys sorry for the late response, been cooped up at work and had a lot of stuff to do this week but finally im done with it.
I did not realized the 4870 would have that much power over a 4850, i was checking some benchmark tests on websites and it was a fair amount over the 50. I think this latest set up compiled by Proximon will be the one I will follow, except on the case... I already picked up the 900 lol. I will also maybe in another month pick up a 2nd 4870 for the x-fire config... the only problem is getting away from the thing of beauty after that lol.
Thanks a lot guys for helping out, after it is done you shold see the final product in the sometime around next month.
Yes, for a single card build the 4870 gives a nice little jump up from 4850. Bit if you are contemplating crossfire - consider what the THG article said - "At this performance level and at this price, we have a hard time recommending anything more expensive than two Radeon 4850s." They did not recommend anything faster - mainstream or enthusiast. So if going crossfire- you might consider sticking with the 4850's and saving yourself $200 - maybe save it towards changing out mobo and memory when want to upgrade after Nehalem comes out.