This is will be my first PC build to replace my 4 year old Dell. I put together a list, mainly from browsing through these forums for the past couple of weeks, but I need some input. I'm open to changing the entire list as long as it'll fit the use and my budget.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July – August
BUDGET RANGE: not more than US$1200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking, Drafting - AutoCAD & Revit, 3D modeling & rendering, Photoshop, reading multiple large PDF's, watching movies, internet, word processing, video editing, FPS games. Want to run Crysis and GTA IV. Just because the games are at the end doesn't mean it's not important.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, CDROM/DVD drive, OS.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, any other good site.
PARTS PREFERENCES: good quality parts, i7 system.
OVERCLOCKING: No. Maybe later on…
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes but I would get a second card later on. I'd rather get a good single card now but leave the option to add a second card later.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'll be using my current monitor: 22" SyncMaster 226BW 1680x1050.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan on adding my existing CD/DVD drives, 2 hard drives: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 1TB and 1.5TB, and a PCI TV tuner card.
Based on benchmarks, the GTX 275 looks very very slightly better than the ATI 4890 so I'm leaning towards Nvidia.
I also currently own an OLD Nvidia video card which works well and had a bad experience with an ATI card a LONG time ago, so that's more points for the Nvidia brand based on personal experience.
Windows 7 RC for now
Total: $1179.91 (w/ the GTX 275 video card)
$1189.91 (w/ the Radeon 4890)
Wondering if I should get a different video card or more RAM. Don't know much about motherboards either.
Thanks in advance for your input.
The only thing I would switch out on that build is the HD to a WD 640 Black for the fact it's fast fast fast...not to mention it's reliable. Otherwise you have it down. Anyways here's some cost savers not to mention the new D0 stepping i7 920. And if you do a google search on "ewiz coupons" you can knock off some more $ off that mother board. Also check "zipzoomfly" for prices on their gtx 275's. Sometimes they have newegg beat on the price not to mention they have free ground shipping on just about everything on that site. But ya, that is a nice build you have going.