APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Asap. My old laptop's graphics card blew up, along with the mobo, so I need a new one lol.
BUDGET RANGE: 500- 900. I'm aiming for the cheapest solution, although it may be temporary.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, movies, surfing internet, photoshop and other editing, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Only part is basically my mouse lol. I do need a new 17" lcd monitor (not mentioned in my list) , which I'm all ears for.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I suppose newegg, although I will buy from just about anywhere.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No brand preferences, except maybe just Intel CPU's.
OVERCLOCKING: For now no, not until I buy HSF/coolers, which for now I am avoiding purely for the sake of lowering costs.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, probably not.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, somewhere in that range? probably 1440x900.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I basically want a computer with great expandable possibilities. That said, I want to make my build as cheap as possible, within effective limits. I want room for future upgrades, which is why I wanted an i7, so hopefully when better software utilizing it comes out, i'll be fine.
I suppose RAM and the graphics card can be replaced later, so I'm focusing on lowering those costs. Also I'm sticking with the PSU supplied by the case, since I won't be doing any OC for now. When I decide to, I will look into replacing the PSU with something more stable, but if you think I might need something more stable anyway, please voice your opinion. Also I'm not sure how big an impact the standard cooling would make overall, but if you see any temperature issues, please let me know if I should find a better case, or get a third party HSF.
Thanks in advance everyone!
This is my build from what I put together from Newegg.
Rosewill TU-155 II 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
You're spending $280+$180+$79 for CPU/MB/RAM and only $80 for a video card. You did say GAMING as most important, not least important, right?
You're better off with something like E8400+GA-EP45-UD3R+HD4890+DDR2-800
The i7 doesn't make sense in this price range. You have to make to many sacrifices on other components IMO. I'm with aevm. It doesn't make any sense to go with the i7 and a 4830 for a "gaming" computer. You could do a lot better for $900. You might need to lose your Intel bias to get the maximum bang for buck in your price range, though. The Phenom II 720 is hard to beat for a budget gaming machine.
I agree, Why have a $99 video card and go for an i7? Unless he is intending to upgrade soon. I'd go for the beefy video over the CPU any day. Right now I would go for an AM3 mobo and a Phenom II. At least this way he has a future upgrade path and it still runs VERY well.
This is for $800 with a monitor needed to be added in, so right off the bat, take off $150-$200.
Then do the builds. Doesnt come out to be so pretty as they are making it seem.
i'd say 4770 cf rig on the 720be possibly.
The OP said his price range was $500 - $900. My build comes to $750 - $40 MIR's. That leaves $150 for the monitor. How do you figure that crossfire 4770's are cheaper than the 4870 1GB card listed for $199 - $20 MIR? I'm going to assume you meant to post your reply in a different thread because it doesn't make any sense here.