Hey guys, my friend wants to build his very first PC, he would post but his current comp has been KIA. He has very little knowledge as far as PC building goes; so if you guys have a pre-built list for his budget, he would greatly appreciate it.
So anyways, here it goes: APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month or two to finish gathering up the rest of the financials.
BUDGET RANGE: Anywhere between $1200-1300, he wants a system that can run games such as Age of Conan on high settings at a good, steady FPS.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photoshopping images, video editing, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, anything reputable and reliable.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if budget allows for it.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Probably nothing higher than 1680x1050.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like to have it be somewhat quiet (noise isn't a major issue with him lol).
Adds up to $1200. To be perfectly honest, this system is overkill for your needs, i recommend it only because it fits your budget. Couple of notes here...
There are many decent motherboards to choose from between $200 and $250, so if you don't prefer the one i recommended you still have options. That 4890 is an example of overkill, but it does fit your budget. Now given your resolution, no game will phase you, hardly even crysis... so i suppose that is a good thing. That power supply i recommended is very efficient, which is a plus, but again, it is more than enough, because of it you can crossfire later if you wish.
Thats my take... simply put, the more you spend, the more value you lose, but if this is what you're looking for, then by all means. If you're looking for better bang for buck, money can be saved here. If you still desperately want i7, you could still save by choosing a cheaper mobo, gpu, psu, or case. Just giving you the heads up.
This build allows for both SLI and over clocking. A quality case with great cooling and plenty of room for SLI. The psu in this build will easily push this rig with dual vid cards and the heat sink and thermal compound in this build will allow for a decent over clock.
Wow thanks guys! Now i must ask, as my building knowledge is not as sharp as all of yours is, which is the best to go with of the 3 given there? I can see some highs and some lows of some builds but i dont feel confident enough to make a decision on which to choose. I like the Antec Nine Hundred case ... and of course the CPU's ... but i just want the most bang for my buck.