I had an idea in another post for a gaming rig I wanted to build, but I would like to hear from the gurus what they would recommend for this price. I want to build the best gaming rig I can for this price, and I would like to overclock as much as I can (I am a beginner). I am in Canada so it would be easier if you could recommend stuff off newegg.ca or NCIX. Can you please advise me the best gaming rig I could build for this price (I have a monitor Samsung 2253BW). I need software and gaming keyboard/mouse as well. I am a bit flexible with the price, willing to go up to 1500USD/1800CAD.
I do prefer Nvidia because I also run Linux and ATI's drivers for linux are just awful. Would you recommend on my budget to build an i7 then? Will the 4870 be able to run games like crysis maxed out on my 22 inch monitor at full settings? Also I plan on getting a new monitor within the next few months (24")
I am kinda confused how come most people say you dont need a quad core for most current games, that a dual core would be fine. I plan on upgrading my monitor in the near future to a 24" that is why I want to use a GTX 295. I was thinking about the HD4870x2 but it is almost the same price here in canada so I might as well go for the better card, the GTX 295.
Hardly any games utilize multiple cores right now, so the higher linear speed of a Duo beats the advantages of quad cores because they can't overclock as high. However, the difficult question to wrestle with is how many games that you will play over the life of your rig will require 4 cores. That's very difficult to predict and it is known that coding games for multiple cores is quite difficult. Therefore, at your budget, the pragmatic route is probably to go with a Duo and then upgrade to a LGA 775 socket Quad if and when you need it.
The GTX 295 is a great card, but just know that you can't scale it on a P45 mobo. However, a single GTX 295 driving a 24" monitor would "last a long time" on the graphics front, so you're probably OK.