I posted here before about building a rig to go with this display, but some financial things came up. Now, I've made a decent amount of money and I'm ready to give the computer the budget it needs. I decided to post again since I'm sure things have changed in terms of what is available and also, my budget is larger now.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I'd like to start buying parts ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: $900-$1200 (ideallly)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, although I would like to use it for CAD programs as well (ie Solidworks, engineering programs). I figure a powerful gaming rig should have the graphics to handle 3D modeling
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: only ever heard of newegg, but I'm open
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer an oversized case to allow for options in the future.
OVERCLOCKING robably not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm really hoping for a good quality rig that will last me for a decent amount of time. I apologize for my relative lack of knowledge on the subject, but I would really like some experienced advice on how to spend my money
Batuchka's setup is easier to upgrade. Let's say in 2011 both AMD and Intel come up with a $300 CPU that is WAY faster than the Q9550 or the Phenom II 955. That's very likely IMO. With batuchka's idea, you'll be able to spend $300 and get the new CPU and keep the MB and RAM you already have. With the Q9550, the upgrade will cost about $500 and a bit more effort because you'd need to replace the MB and RAM too.
Try to look at the Asus 22" 1920x1080 2ms screens. I have one and you might like it. It runs @ 60Hz
You say that as if the 60hz matters, even 120hz and some 240hz displays are actually 60hz too because of the black frames or prediction technology and it makes little difference because most of our eyes only see to 40hz with some people's going upto 200hz.
That Apple Cinema has a response time of 16 ms, according to specs. Are you guys saying it's not usable for gaming and he needs a new monitor? I've never had one with 16 ms. I had one with 8 ms and it was OK.