SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, multitasking, photo editing, auto cad, website design
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor (I want to use my 32inch LCD TV), have mouse and keyboard. using nvidia geforce 9500gt
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, microcenter (those are the sites I know but really any site will be fine)
OVERCLOCKING: (not to familiar with overclocking)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: would prefer SLI capable.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: unsure
1) Would buying a 2nd geforce 9500gt be of benifeit to me or would buying 1 new video card for now be better?
2) I use a 1T external hardrive so the internal does not need to be that big.
Thanks ahead of time for your input. If you have any questions please ask and I will respond as soon as possible.
hmm, depending on how much money you want to spend and whether you're gaming or you're multitasking is the most taxing thing you do on your system you would be either looking at an AMD phemon II or an Intel core i7 system. If you want SLI capable go for the i7 system.
Budget Gaming System that will multitask for most home purposes (but not to a "professional" level, like running final cut studio master alongside soundtrack pro and final cut studio motion graphics - it will be noticeably slower than the i7 system in this case)
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The Core i7 is a stronger PC - but it costs more as well - so it depends what you need. I always suggest to buy the cheapest system that will meet your end needs - here is an article on getting the most for your money over the long term (years): http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264181-31-best-bang-b...
The AMD system will let you play any current games today at 1600 res. at max settings. However it might not be as future upgradable as the i7 (very likely that it won't be). However the i7 system might not be the best bang for the buck either - it depends on what your system demands are.
About the core I7 build you posted. Most of the links do not work. I will try to look around at newegg to check out what they have. I am not new to computers at all, I have just never built a custom comp and I never really looked to much into mobo's or processors.
Also, any ATX style case will work with this correct?
any atx case will work - the 300 was just a suggestion cause its cheap and excellent. As for the 940 BE combo it is brilliant - I would go for it if you are multitasking a lot. Sorry that the links don't work for the i7 build, its because I cut and pasted them from here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265357-31-need-recomm...
The 9500GT would be a multi media/HTPC GPU so i'd just hit a HD4770 and i assume your 32" LCD TV is 1368 x 768 then pixels wise its even less demanding than 1440 x 900 and 1280 x 1024 so a single HD4770 is good to go hehe Heck i have clients on a HD4670 for those kind of LCD TVs
Any suggestions or comments would be great. Thanks
The 9500GT isn't considered a "gaming" card in todays standard, you will probably have to scale down detail settings considerably in modern games. I would seriously recommend the GTX 260/4870 in nerrawg's suggested build for a 1080P resolution. If you resolution is 720P, something more in the lines of a GTS 250/4770 would be more suitable.