I am looking for a push in the right direction. I have not build a rig in a while so maybe you can help. I originally was going to build an AMD rig since when I last built mine I was not much a fan of Intel, but I have read some good reviews lately.
I am looking for a gaming/3D modeling/rendering system. My current one just is not cutting it.
My plans are to use a 4870 would like 2 in the future. At least 4Gb of Ram, with room to expand later. Can someone point me in a good direction with other components I may need. I am also a little up in the air about which OS to use, I'm not sure if I should waste the money on Vista 64 when 7 will be out in a while.
My Budget right now is around 500-700 it's flexible, that is kinda why I want it to be able to expand and upgrade later on.
Windows 7 won't be out that soon. Based on Microsoft's previous history, I expect it to be out around Christmas and to become suitable for human consumption when SP1 is released a year later. Right now your best choice is Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM.
Thanks guys great ideas so far. I actually meant to say I wanted to get a 4850 not the 4870. I also have a spare Hard Drive to go into it. I want to be sure my MB can handle 2 cards and support a Ram increase when I am able to do this. Good call on the OS also. I was going to to either go with the Phenom 940 or the Q9550 , I just was not sure which would be best for my combination use. I will adjust my budget around these.
Oh, I was going to run 2 3870's but someone suggested I just use 1 4850.
We set out to answer the question, “Is the Phenom II competitive with a similar Intel Platform in CrossFireX?” Based on our results today, we would have to answer a resounding yes to that question.
It’s not as balanced as the Core i7 920 or even Core 2 Quad Q9550 in a few games, but it does not embarrass itself either. In fact, we think it put up a very good fight and stood its ground with the Q9550. Compared directly to the Q9550, the Phenom II X4 940 is a strong competitor. It had better average frame rates in CrossFire mode than the Q9550 in three titles, tied in one, and finished behind the Q9550 by about 2%~7% in the other three games.
When it came to actual game play experiences, we thought the Phenom II 940 was clearly the better choice in Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts and Crysis Warhead due to minimum frame rate advantages and fluidity of game play. In the five other titles, we could not tell any real differences in the quality of game play between the Phenom II 940 and Core 2 Quad Q9550. Except for Far Cry 2 where we could raise the graphic quality settings without affecting game play, the i7 platform was no different than our two other solutions.
If that still doesn't save you enough, switch to E8400+GA-EP45-UD3P. That would hurt in 3D modeling, but only if the software you use is multithreaded. It won't hurt in games, except FSX or GTA4.
Wow thx guys,
You have been really helpful, i am still up in the air between AMD and Intel, but I will choose that soon. Let me ask you, are there any decent case's that provide "eye candy" I know, I know, but I have always wanted one. I figure I might as well get one now. I think I am going to pick up one of those hard drives also .... So any suggestions on the case? I would like one that has really good cooling capabilities, Air cooling that is.
I was looking at one of those "open box" 4850 from newegg, but "open box" always scares me. Especially from the net, guess I will go with the saphire or powercolor.
Just got back from classes, Is there ever to much eye candy? Yes! I was looking at some cases like that NVidia one and some others like the Apevia, NZXT, and Xion.. Some are a little "gaudy" but some are interesting. I would like one with good air flow and some nice EyeCandy What's up with the fan controllers, those worth looking at? Or is that for more of a stronger, OC'd Machine.