APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks BUDGET RANGE: ~$750 USD
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, also needs to be able to run multiple adobe CS3 programs simultaneously.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Hard drive, speakers, monitor, mouse, keyboard, optical drives
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, but if someone knows of better deals elsewhere thats good too
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD processor to keep the price/performance pretty good, other than that i would like a case that will survive through a few generations of systems if thats possible
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe a little bit but nothing extensive SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Potentially in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am moving from a P4@2.26GHz with a Radeon 9550 so i figured it was time for an upgrade, i would like a little overhead on the graphics card because if i do improve something in a few more months it will be to get a higher resolution monitor that can handle 1080P resolution. I would like to keep this build reasonably priced while not sacrificing on the quality of the components.
I currently have a PCI slot Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE, would it be best to transfer that to the new build as well or would the onboard sound be higher quality than it? Also im not looking for silent operation here, as my current hard drive and optical drives are far from silent.
Unfortunately the combos on newegg come and go rather quickly and this wont get built until about mid summer but i will check for them prior to buying.
At my resolution will the extra 512MB of memory on the 4850 help or should i just save some money, get a 4770 and look into crossfire at a later date? I couldnt find any reviews of a 1GB 4850 on here so im not sure how it would compare.
Im planning to buy within the next two weeks so i figured i would bump this, i swapped out the graphics card for a 512 version. The current build comes up to about $700 USD before MIR.
Any suggestions for different parts for better performance or price are welcome. I currently have a 250 GB seagate barracuda 7200.10 IDE drive but if someone can find a good SATA drive that will stay within budget please do.
If you aren't planning on CrossfireX and such dun think you really need to pump so much into a 790FX chipset? I'd say a Gigabyte 770-UD3P AM3 or any of the lower priced 790GX/790X would be fine - there is also a juicy 955BE + 4GB ddr3 1600 combo on Egg now ^^ http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
well i want a board that leaves my options open, i am not planning on doing another new build for another few years so crossfire is an option for the future if i decide i want to but it wont fit my current budget.