Well, I recently convinced my parents to let me upgrade my old desktop, and since I'm using my parents money, I guess my budget is around the $1500 range.
At first I just thought to get an Alienware or an IBuyPower PC; but I've been doing some searching and I see that the cheapest way to get a good gaming PC was to build one myself. But I'm not particularly tech saavy, and right now I'm downright clueless to be honest. I tried my best to search TigerDirect for cheap PC parts and I put together a makeshift PC.
Basically, I'm looking to make a PC that will be able to play the latest, most demanding games (ie. Crysis, COD4, Alan Wake) if not on high settings then at least decently and will last me a couple of more years to come.
1. CPU: GO intel, AMD is not doing well in CPU department.
IF you want intel get an e7200/e8400/e8600 with a good heatsink/fan & OC the Hell out of it. Or leave it at stock.
2. If you only do gaming don't buy a quad-core. But for all-around computing(video editing, crazy multitasking or you just wanna show off then go quad). Intel Q6600 is cheap & solid quad core.
Motherboard: 2 Nvidia cards=SLi
I don't exactly like Sli/Crossfire (expensive mobo, PSU, more Heat)
Go like that if you want. I don't mind.
Graphic card: If i were you I will get a 4870.
Mobo: A P35 based chipset if no SLi/Crossfire.
You wanted SLi. Go XFX or EVGA nvidia motherboard/graphic card
If you stay in the US & if you want to purchase online go & buy it from www.newegg.com
All the stuff i suggested are from newegg. I don't live in US but the prices from newegg are
August 22, 2008 5:27:55 PM
Thanks for all your honest input guys, I guess that was a pretty bad setup I put together.
But, if it is convenient, would any of you pros be able to put together a decent sample setup that is around the $1000-$1500 region, that would be able to play the latest games and last me a few years.
I will still continue to look at parts on Newegg, but because of my limited knowledge, I'm afraid that I'm going to get parts that are going to be incompatible with each other, or leave out crucial components.