I'm pretty new to the whole custom pc thing and I was wondering if this rig would be good enough to run newer games like Crysis and such. I have a budget of $1050 and this is about the best I could build with that amount of money. If anyone could provide me with a similar build for a tad less that'd be awesome. Anyway, any input (recommendations, criticisms, whatever) would be greatly appreciated.
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
ASUS P5Q PRO
Intel C2D E7400
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)
WD Caviar 500GB 7200RPM
EVGA GTX 260 896MB
LG Black 22x DVD Burner
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler
Windows XP SP3 OEM
For a $1000 you can build a solid core i7 machine...or amd if you want. Those parts are probably worth $500-600 easy with OS included. Either way, i think thats a pretty fine build and if you want to get the most out of gaming, you have to get DDR2 1066 or 1200 RAM (4GBs). You can also run Crossfire set up to increase frames...with a Asus P5Q turbo. They are pretty cheap now.
I think its best if you look for other parts right now like the Core i7, Asus P6T, Kingston 3/6GBs DDR3 1600 or better, 500GB drive is fine (love western digitals), The optical burner is cool and the PSU is fine...as for the CPU Cooler, i would look at a Noctua or Zalman 1366 LGA. The case is awesome ^_^ And last but not least...Windows 7 RC....YAY
Thanks for the quick replies, guys. I've already tried to see if I could build an i7 machine with my budget and I could get pretty much everything I need except a good gfx card, so I'll pass on that, but thanks for the suggestion. Any specific AM3 mobos you can recommend?
Two 4770s? Sounds pretty good, actually. Is it easy to Crossfire cards? Thanks for the telling me about that Windows 7 RC. I stopped checking on that since I heard the beta was no longer available.
The Mugen 2 is a monster of a cooler at 36 dollars ($5 more than the Arctic 7, but the performance matches many ~$50 heatsinks). The main reason people won't get it is probably because of the clearance issue; my NZXT zero 2 has trouble closing, but it closes so I'm happy. But the HAF 932 is more or less an inch larger than the Zero 2 so it should fit fine.