APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3 months BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 more or less
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, watching movies, internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything basically
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have no preferred website, just looking for the best deal. So far I've been dealing with newegg though.
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: don't have a moniter yet, but was hoping I can connect the rig to my Sharp Aquos 32" LCD TV (LC-32D40U) via HDMI
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to spend $1,000 more or less (price range is only for rig not peripherals i.e moniter, mouse, keyboard, etc.) for a pc that performs well for games, capable of using my LCD TV (model listed above) when watching movies, internet browsing, photoshop editing, and ready for future upgrades.
Below is a list of what I have so far. Any suggestions on parts that will give me a better bang for the buck and better compatibility are greatly appreciated. Also, anything on my list can be replaced except for the AMD processor. Thanks in advance to everyone's future reply. As a first time poster I'm looking forward to some great information and answers.
4. Maybe instead of the 4850X2, get 2 4850s as the drivers for the 4850X2 could have bugs as it is specific to a single company and are very long than any of the cards and heat is a major factor...
And you can get 2x 4850s 1GB for about $240 now...
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4890 TOXIC 1GB DDR5 2DVI PCI-Express Video Card, Retail(ewiz.com has it for about 20 dollars cheaper than newegg and it is as good as the 4850x2 and it is also cheaper and overclocked)
If you need speakers, consider Logitech's Z Cinema speakers. It's listed as a $300 speaker set marked down $80 and it comes with a remote to use with Windows Media Center and all your other multi-media programs, you should consider it.
@computerss people generally suggest the Xig dark knight because it comes with all the required backplates for all the sockets...But the Classic Xig is as good as or maybe slightly better than the Dark knight because of the all copper heat pipes compared to the aluminum alloy found in Xig darkknight...
And the HD 4890 is a very good alternative for the 4850X2 but it can beat it in performance...The 4850X2 2GB would give out more FPS than HD 4890...But the main selling point of the 4890 over the 4850X2 woulld be :
- Less Heat
- Uses less power
- Future xfire option.
- Better drivers as the 4850X2 is a single company card and the bug fixes with newer games might take long than standard drivers fixes...
But if you are sure to add one more card in crossfire, then the 4890 is the better option because 2x 4850X2 is actually Quad- fire, and those cards wont scale well compared to 2 cards in xfire...
@gkay09 Thanks for the suggestions.. I think I'm switching my RAM to the "OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR16004GK" you suggested in your earlier post.
As for the MoBo... Is the "GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard" a better choice over the "ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard" because of the price or because it's better hardware? Because in the case of the MoBo I wouldn't mind dishing out the extra cash if the Asus one is indeed a better board.
@computersss I believe I'm gonna go with the "Sapphire ATI Radeon HD4890 TOXIC 1GB DDR5 2DVI PCI-Express Video Card" from ewiz that you suggested. It seems like a better card/deal for now.
@brandono257 those logitech speakers look great for the price. Definately will consider..
Thanks everyone for your responses so far.. Keep them coming... they are greatly appreciated and as you can see they are already causing some changes to my hardware probables.
edit: @gkay09 about the "XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler" will i need to buy something extra to fit it onto the x4 955? I ask because when looking at the specs I only noticed compatibility with AM2, but no mention of AM3.
The X chipset offer more than enough features for very good overclock and are for the mainstream market...
So you decide in which category do you fall and then get the mobo that suits you...
Check out more reviews of the mobo so you can have a better idea of the features that it offers and the features that you will/ can use...