I've seen too many reviews that say the fan on that Sapphire 4850 (also used on their 4830) is really noisy.
The AM2+ mobo bonanza guy linked is nice enough, but the CPU he listed is AM3. His case is higher quality than the Apevia, although cases are a real big personal preference item. When I want a cheap case, I get a $26-$30 Rosewill; I've used three or four different models, and all have been satisfactory. If you're going to OC, you might note the comments in the $625 SBM article, and get the additional front 120mm fan (or use the case from the $1250 SBM article).
In regards to your consideration of SLI/crossfire:
SLI/crossfire has been a poor upgrade path in the past. It should be used only by
those who will not currently be satisfied by the fastest available single vga card
which is currently the GTX295. The 4870, or GTX260-216
offer very good performance for the money now.
To get SLI. you have to spend more up front for a SLI capable mobo,a
more powerful SLI capable PSU, and better case cooling. Upgrading a single card later with a
second equal card does not get you 2x increase, it is more like 1.3x to 1.8x depending on the game.
At that time, you will still be paying top dollar for a card that is closer to
It would be better to sell the old card and use the proceeds
towards a better new generation single card.
I like vga cards with dual slot cooling. The hot air is expelled directly out the back of the case instead of recirculating and heating up both the cpu and the vga card.
A similar performing card to the 3850 would be the EVGA 9600GSO with dual slot cooling for 79.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Oh lawd , I'm just confused. I ought to just pay someone to build one for me, and spare me the headache. I KNOW, a little research goes a LONG way, but... I've been so busy with work, the added annoyance is just, well, annoying. I'm pretty sure one of the guys who offered to build me one, was going to take me for a ride. He asked how much I knew, I told him... then he offered me a card that was only one generation above mine, for much more than it's worth. It's more difficult to find an honest person, than to find everything I need (that is compatible).
I'll have to , when I get a chance, take a look at what you guys listed for me.
Thank you for your patience. Good to be at a site in which the people don't down-talk you, simply because you know less, or nothing at all. =)
I think I have decided on a system. Not super-fast, but it's better than anything I have yet to own. Too bad I went and blew $427 on the pc I am now using, could have spent a few more and bought the pc I think I may get. Well, the one I wish to get doesn't come with a 19" hd monitor as I now use. So, I'll just use this monitor and try to sell the pc alone.
Your wishlist in the last build seemed fine except for the power supply.
Your DDR2 will work fine on that motherboard, and if you're talking about the DDR3 on the GPU that is the memory on the card and has nothing to do with the DDR2 you already have.
As for the other PC you just linked, It has a quadcore, but it's a lower clock speed than the triple core, and you would probably see better performance from the 720 X3 in gaming.
The video card is weak. Like... really weak. Add to that that I'm not seeing where it lists the brand of memory or hard drive and I really can't advise you to get that.
If the DDR2 and hard drive that you already have work, I would change the power supply on your wishlist and get that, as it will blow away that PC you linked in the last post.