Ok Guys this is more of a Tax/Shipping Limited Build, than a budget limited build.
I live outside of the U.S and taxes here a 100% on any electronics/parts valued a over $100. What I normally do to bring down computer parts/electronics, is have friends or family bring down the parts for me with them on the plane. Thus not paying any shipping or taxes!
The problem is that I need to build another computer right now and can't wait another eight or more months before someone comes down here.
I am signed up with a special carrier that will bring me down $500 max worth of stuff tax free if it is all in the same box, once every 6 months. So what I have planned is to ship the computer parts that are valued at over a $100 (due to %100 tax on parts valued at over a 100 dollars) with the special carrier and then ship the minor parts that are valued under a $100 though a normal carrier such as DHL. Taxes on parts under a $100 is 30%, I believe.
I have always preferred Nvidia/Intel, in fact I have never owned a computer with a amd processor. So I may go Ati/Amd for a change with this build as I will not be able to make a i7 build with the budget of $500 for the main parts, valued over $100.
The build will probably have a 4890 for the heart.
One question I have is if Tiger Direct ships all the parts in one box, as the $500 main parts need to all be in one box. I know that new egg does but I cannot use them as they have closed my account with them because I am ordering Internationaly, already tried Customer Service but they are as stubborn as a mule (even though I have a U.S bank account). If Tiger Direct does not ship all the parts in a single box I will just have to order all the parts from amazon/tiger direct and have my uncle put them in a box and send them to the carrier.
OK, I am probably seriously boring all of you guys with all of this info so lets get down to the options I have come up with.
Computer Will be used for:
Supreme Commander/Forged Alliance
Call of Duty
Far Cry 2
Need for Speed
Chess in that order
and everything else you use a computer for
I will be overclocking
What I already have:
640gb Western digital Black, Vista 64bit, Vista 32bit, Case, 22in 1080, mouse, keyboard, speakers
Xigmatek Cooler with backplate=$40
Memory Ram 4gb 800= $40
OCZ GamerXstream 700w=$79
DVD Burner Sata Lightscribe=$40
Total= $200/ Shipping Taxes $110
Basically all I need to know is which system will give me the most bang for my buck considering I will be overclocking the CPU/GPU, my next upgrade will be probably to get a i7 processor/x58 motherboard/ ddr3 6gb in 6-12 months. I am open to any and all suggestions and I apologize for witting such a long post for such a simple question.
I will try to post some overclock vs non overclock benchmarks of the 4890 for you guys once I get the system. Thanks again!
Thanks for your recommendation Outlander. So should I go with the Amd/Ati Build and upgrade to the i7 in 6 to 12 months from now? I think it will be fun going AMD as I have never used there processors before.
Does anyone else have any other recommendations suggestions?