Mainly using for games / movies . Here is what i am thinking of so far:
note - i am not gonna go dual graphics card or do any OCing...
Case: antec 300 ~$60
cpu: amd phenom ii quad core 3 ghz ~$225
mobo: ASUS M4A78T-E ~$140
ram: CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR ram ~$70
hdd: western digital caviar 500gb 32mb cach ~$70
psu: BFG Tech GS-550 550W ~$60
graphics card: i am still torn b/w the radeon 4890HD and the GeForce GTX 275 ~$250 (or should i spend the extra bill and go for toe gtx 285?). will ati or nvidia be better suited for my proposed rig?
so total price is arond $900...Is there anything that i can do to cut costs w/o losing too much performance, or gain more performance w/o spending too much? Is there anything i should swap out for something better?
I want to run all games on max resolutions / max graphics smoothly.
There is a problem with your build at the moment . The 3 GHz Phenom 940 is an AM2+ cpu and wont work in an AM3 mb with DDR3 . You need either the 955 or 720 for a gaming build . The 720 will be a little slower but much cheaper , the 955 a bit faster and a bit more expensive
Look for cpu/mb combos and case/psu combos on newegg
Id choose the 4890 , but there isnt a lot in it so I'd probably buy whatever was cheaper or had the best game bundle
so the amd quad 4 mobo doenst use ddr3 ram? and the amd quad3 mobo uses ddr2 ram? isnt amd quad 4 better cpu than quad 3, and isnt ddr3 ram better than ddr2, but why doesnt an amd quad 4 mobo suport ddr3 ram? or am i missing something here