I recently decide to start researching up on building a new comp, considering my comp is ancient lol. Ill be playing games like Crysis, COD 4, CS:S, well Crysis should sum up pretty much what i need .
This is what ive roughly decided on so far:
Motherboard - AMD 790GX (or something around that series or maybe Quad Series) CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 BE (Not over sure on this, having some doubts) Graphics Card - Either 4870 or 4850 (if i go 4850, might look at 4850 X2) RAM- Dont know much about brands with RAM and stuff so... ill probably go for around 4gb to be safe i guess. Power Supply - got no idea with the Power supply brands and stuff either. But probably around 700W
Thats all ive really got upto so far, if you guys could give me some opinions on what you think with what ive got so far, how i could improve it etc, that would be great.
I'd say go with a GA-EP-43-UD3L mobo and an E7400 CPU, so you can put more money into the GPU. Crysis is very demanding on the GPU. It also depends on the res you play at. At 1440x900 and using a gtx260 core 216, I cannot turn up all the eye-candy all the way in Crysis if I want playable framerates, it gets kinda jumpy at times. Crysis tends to prefer Nvidia cards too, that 4870 will not do as well as my GTX 260. I would say go for an HD 4850x2 at least, preferably a GTX 285 if you can, however that may be well outside of your budget. I am assuming $1000AUS is the budget you are working with...correct?
Basically, i want a computer that will last me as long as possible, that in few year ill be able to upgrade bits and pieces without having to upgrade everything. Something that will allow me to play most new First Person Shooters, at around Medium Quality if not higher without any problems.
One Question, do intel motherboards have some sort of Crossfire Technology like AMD Motherboards?
Yes they do. If you want a crossfire capable motherboard for an intel chip then go for the Asus P5Q Pro/E or Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P.
If you went with an intel build, you could put an Q9650 in that mobo I suggested in a year or two when the E7400 isn't cutting it which would be a good upgrade for the intel route. Keep in mind that Intel CPU's are better than AMD CPU's at this point, so even though the Q9650 is older than the PII 940, its still better.
Remind me to never go shopping in Australia for PC parts....
Ok, I went with a gtx 285 for the fact it's the one high end vid card that doesn't suck up much juice...that way I could go with a 550w psu in this build. No matter how much I played with this build, I can't even come close to that budget. Well this is a build that will run Crysis, but it's way over your intended budget.
Thanks for your effort, somehow I'm gonna have to get it down around 1k, either having to go with a lower end Graphics Card, mmm stupid economy lol.
I Guess, I don't really play Crysis to much as my computer is really bad and cant run it properly. So i guess if i go with say the ATI 4870 512mb model i can cut 200bucks off that and still play most games without a problem. Building a new computer when you dont have much experience is very confusing lol.
CPU - Intel ATX E7400 CORE 2 DUO 2.8G 3MBCache 1066FSB LGA775
Graphics Card - Gigabyte ATI HD4850 1G PCI-E2.0 GDDR3 HDMI HDCP Fan
RAM - Corsair DDR2 Twin2X 4096 6400C5 4Gb
Power Supply - Corsair TX-650 650W ATX Power
HD - Seagate SATAII NCQ 320GB 7200RPM 16mb Cache
Case - Coolermaster RC-590-KKN1 590 Case Black (NO PSU) (Got no clue about Cases, just taken the advice of the comments and "Why_me")
Total - AU$1139
Honestly i have no idea about all this other cooling stuff that has been suggested, so I'm kinda lost of what to get, what to do with them etc. But this is pretty much what im looking at getting.
Im pretty happy with this conclusion, it will most likely run every game that i have for it quite smoothly (CS:S, TF2, COD4), so i gotta be happy with that =D. If anyone has any more suggestions on my build so far, it would be very much appreciated.