Seeing as my six year old dell is dying before my eyes and a tax refund is in the mail, it's a perfect time for me to upgrade. I think I have most of the parts picked out but I'm sure this list can be optimized both for performance and money. Of course, Newegg sold out of my chosen mobo shortly after I picked one out; I wanted GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail instead but oh well. At least it'll save some money.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible
BUDGET RANGE: $700-900 but I could be persuaded to go slightly higher for the right purchase.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Music, Movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard. Mouse and speakers will eventually upgrade but they work fine.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference
OVERCLOCKING: Yes but first timer. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I would eventually like to crossfire. Maybe in a year or so.
Thank you for your help. My only problem with switching cases is the shipping costs. It's about 18 bucks to shop the Antec and 25 to ship the Cooler master while the Rosewill has free shipping. Will there be enough difference to justify the extra cost?
The reason I wanted crossfire was to hopefully extend the life of the computer once it starts becoming obsolete. I'm not sure if it would even be worth it. If I add a another 4870 in about a year, would that give me a noticeable increase or would I just be wasting my time? Perhaps I'd be better off taking the $50 saved from the psu and putting it toward the 940be instead.
For the AMD platform there isn't a cheaper solution due to the combo discount. You do get your money's worth moving the 940BE. I personally don't think dual GPUs is really worth it. I'd say let the 1GB 4870 run its course then replace it with a single more powerful GPU when you need to. I mean when your ready to upgrade you may want a DX11 card.