First-time builder looking for a system that can run newer games like Crysis at 1280x720 or higher at 35+ fps.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/HD video/Web surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, speakers, and OS (gonna use the Windows 7 RC) (Can anyone recommend a good gaming mouse?)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon, and anywhere trustworthy.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Steel case (window would be nice), no CPU preference, no graphics card preference (XFX or EVGA preferred), Asus or MSI motherboard (with good onboard sound, if possible), WD hard drive, no RAM preference.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Already have one.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A relatively quiet/cool system is preferred.
Hmm ok i do up HTPC-cum-gamers and peeps would want a portable rig to transport from LCD Monitor to TV or even to LAN parties but it could be what could serve your purposes as well i feel hehe
1. For 1280 x 720 u have zero need for multi GPU set ups and it a horrible waste of power and heat hehe A GTX 260 core 216 will give ya 30+ FPS on 1920 x 1200 nvm those low resolutions hehe
2. Get as big a HDD and perhaps a BR ODD?
3. Well with Hybrid Power, one could almost totally power down the discrete when one is just editing vids or surfing the net The GF8300 IGP is CUDA enabled as well From what i understand it works in Vista and unofficially in Win 7 ^^