PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to stay with Intel and Nvidia, mostly because I'm afraid of possible driver issues with ATI cards, but I keep hearing that AMD is very competitive in the price range I'm going for, so I'm open to suggestion
OVERCLOCKING: No way. I'm just too paranoid to void my warranty.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, but this is a likely path to upgrade, so the motherboard has to be either SLI or Crossfire enabled.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like something that is still very good a year from now. I don't tend to play very graphically intensive games though, so hopefully this can last me 3-4 years. It would be great to have something I can upgrade in 2 years with a new processor and an extra graphics card without having to rebuild everything.
Ok, so here's what I've come up with. Bear in mind that I'm Canadian so I have to pay through the nose for parts. D:
I have no idea! I've gone with a Geforce card here so I'd ideally need a SLI motherboard, but I don't see anything of quality. This might just force me to go ATI to have crossfire. Anyway, I'd like to see what you have to say about this.
nice start, i understand you wanting to stick with intel, i have a few friends that their programming requires intel/nvidia setup, but since you expressed optionally amd build ill throw one your way tell me what you think
AMD 955 phenom II
ECS AM3 board
OZ 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 Memory
Coolermaster 600w modular sli/crossfire ready
Coolermaster RC-690 Case
MSI 4890HD card
those right there will cost you ~$1054, canadian via newegg.ca
that leaves you $200 left over for DVD-Drive and HDD
you get a DDR3 platform and a great pc....if you are going to stick with intel its tough for that budget i would try to build it around a i7 920 if at all possible
May 1, 2009 12:44:31 AM
Adding to what elitewolverine has said. I agree that it would be tough but I'm sure someone will be able to create a quality i7 build with the low dollar value.
That AM3 chip from AMD performs just like a Q9550 for a lower price. But it cannot compete close to the i7. elite's build should behave just like the 9550 but also should be more upgradable for the future.
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
Power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
Case: Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA
What do you think of that? Is it a better value?
Also if any of you guys can build a i7 system for 1200$, I'd be interested to see this. Of course the question is if I really need it. I'd like to run recent games at 1900x1200 in high details, if that can help you. With this in mind, am I just fine with an E8400? If the answer was yes, that would be great since then I could buy my new monitor right now and the whole thing would cost me around 1500 with OS included.