Prices are pretty close.
Anything, on either build, to lower price yet keep it performing well.
Or anything to add or upgrade that wont increase the price too much (a lil is fine)?
What do you think?
Which will perform better?
Help me figure out what to do.. Really do need to bring price down, but well see.
download the RC of windows 7 from microsoft . Its free till march next year and frees up $100 for your build .
Consider spending the money you save on a 22 inch monitor 1680 x 1050 . I dont see much advantage of the higher resolution in a 19 inch screen . All it will do is lower fps in games compared to a 1440 x 200 screen
Do you not think the RC 7 will give me problems? Or you think itll be ok? I dont wanna not order Vista in hopes for Windows 7 to work and it not work and me have to wait for vista to get mailed out to me. Then its another week wait. You know what I mean?
Considering that, do you think itll still be a good idea to go the Win 7 route?
The 4770 wont really save me much money right now. Theres a promotion, which ends tomorrow, on the 4850 that will save me about another 10 dollars which brings it to about 100 dollars. Also, 4770 are running about $110 on newegg right now.
Given that, do you think i should still go for 4770?
Also, which build do you think I should go with? First or the second one?
theres no doubt that 7 is a better os and that Vista is nearing the end of its life .
Use the rc if you are gaming and surfing . There may be issues to deal with in the short term like drivers not being 100% , but I think you will be ok and you will be using the latest version of windows .
Dont use 7 if you run a business or do your taxes etc on your computer . Its too early to be sure
The 4770 and 4850 bench about the same . Which ever is cheaper imo
Windows-7 -64 bit is complete and very good. I would download and use it until the retail version is out. It will require a reinstall then, but if that is no problem to you, why not try it? If you are a student, you can get an academic vista license for less than retail.
For a gaming machine, a higher clocked dual core will be better that three or 4 slower cores. Look at the intel options. Spend more on the monitor if you can. You will keep that for several generations of pc.
At this point, with those parts, I don't think you'll have any problems with Win 7 64 that you wouldn't have with Vista 64, if any. You should be perfectly fine downloading the Windows 7 RC and using it as your primary OS. (I've been using Windows 7 as my primary OS from beta 7000 through RC 7100)
Also, you wrote the post as two builds for us to help you choose, but the only differences are the motherboard and ram. You can list all the parts you're sure on as your build, then list the different boards and ram to help choose between. /rant
I don't really see a reason to use DDR3 for your build, especially if you're already over budget. So I definitely recommend the second configuration you listed with the Gigabyte board and DDR2.
Now, about the Raidmax case you chose, I noticed that it does not have free shipping. The newegg shopping cart shows shipping of $14.99 to my location (Houston, TX). So, for $39.99 + $14.99 = $54.98 I think you can get a better case for the same money (+/- $5). Here are my picks:
I see this quite a bit on newegg where lower quality/less expensive part X + shipping comes out the same as higher quality/more expensive part Y with free shipping. You just have to keep digging til you find the right deal.
The shipping charge notwithstanding, just look at the reviews on that Raidmax case. A lot of people are reporting very low build quality, often with broken parts on arrival, and trouble fitting full ATX configurations.
ddr2 is at the end of its life . Check on newegg and look at the prices of ddr .
In two years time thats where ddr2 will be because all systems will be ddr3 .
There isnt much of a price premium so I would say ddr3 if you can afford it
a 4850 is not powerful enough to run games in high quality at good frame rates on a 1080 p panel . You'd either have to turn the quality down or have choppy game play in the latest games.
A single 4850 will do ok on a 1680 x 1050 22 inch panel