Hey guys, I need a new computer and I would like to use it to play games like WoW, Starcraft 2, and World at War. My budget is between 500-700 and i plan to buy everything in a couple of weeks i just want to get the compatibility right and the price as low as possible. I'm going to be using my 26inch Samsung LCD TV for a monitor. Here are the parts i have so far:
AMD Phenom 9600 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor
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Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
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Open Box: ASUS M4A78-E ATX AMD Motherboard
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With this system I included a motherboard that will not support crossfire. If that is something you want in the future, let me know and I can recommend something. But based on what you asked, I think this system fits in well.
1. Better PSU
2. Tower with good airflow and high ratings
3. Solid Motherboard
4. POWERFUL CPU
5. Latest ATI video card that should handle your resolution
You would only save money in switching from an AMD quad to another AMD dual. Unfortunatley, AMD dual cores are not very powerful and are considered weak. On the other hand, Intel dual cores are expensive. So going to a dual core really doesn't make too much sense.
AMD's latest quads (especially the one I recommended) are very powerful and have considerable bang for the money.
You'd save some money here, and equal gaming performance. Infact, the Radeon HD 4770 in CrossFire perform better than the Radeon HD 4890. Or you can go with Kladal's suggestion if you don't mind the extra $30 but rather be future proof.
Though I would still recommend getting a faster memory (DDR2 1066), instead of DDR2 800. No point getting a high end CPU and GPU when there is a memory bottleneck.
After reading up on the 4770's benchmarks in crossfire, I am all for a crossfire setup. I also want to overclock the pair so i can get the most out of them. Whats an ideal cooling setup for crossfire? Since the two are 40nm will a big fan pointed at the right spot do the job?
I agree...a single GPU is more than enough for Starcraft 2 and all those games. Even the Radeon 4770 will hold them up easy with good frames ^_^. I still have the 8800GT Superclocked Version and it rocks GTA 4, Gears or War, Assassins Creed very easy... But then again, i did OC my system to optimize performance.