I'm finally planning to change my 4+ year old Pentium 4 rig to an i7.
I am looking to get some feedback on my current choices for this new i7 system.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~ 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo and Video editing, Running virtual machines, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, DVD Drives, Operating System (I've Vista Ultimate 32-bit and 64-bit)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Buying a new monitor
By the looks of your case and psu I take it you don't have any plans for Crossfire (dual vid cards). Nothing wrong with that. So with that in mind, I can see where the price can be cut down on this build without losing any performance / quality. Google "ewiz coupons" and take some more money off that mobo down below.
That's a tough one. The difference between the 4870 and the 260 are like six one way, and half a dozen the other. The only thing I can say is check out a few benchmarks...this site has some good ones and see how those cards do in regards to the games you play more often.
Why_Me - Thanks for the benchmark links, after reading I decided to stay with HD 4870.
A question regarding PSU, do you think 550 W should be enough as I'll add three additional HDDs.
Also, do you think the Mobo is fine, i read in some forums and UD4P is recommended. Please advice.
Thanks for your responses.
The UD4P is no doubt a better board imo. If you can fit it in your budget I say go for it.
With those extra HD's I'm going to go out on a limb here and recommend that 620 Corsair you had, or any 600w - 650w psu of a decent brand like Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Silverstone, a few of the Antecs, etc...