Looking to build a reasonably high performance machine for gaming without breaking the bank ($750-$1000) cheaper is better but I don’t want to skimp 40 or 50 bucks if it’s going to be a significant difference in performance.
Looking to buy parts over the next couple months if/when they come on sale.
Don’t need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, or OS
I’ve been looking mostly on newegg but I am open to any reliable sites that users have had good experiences with.
I’ve been looking at AMD phenom II, and ATI 4000 but I am open to other CPU/GPUs
I’m not planning to overclock at first but maybe down the road (this is my first build although I’ve helped my dad in the past).
Just picked these two cause TH rated the 4850 as a high performing card in the 70-110 range and HIS looked like they’re decent quality. Not sure if they are so I’d really appreciate some feedback about that, and also if it’s worth it to go with 1GB instead of 512MB or if that’s a fairly minor performance difference. I feel like for 15 bucks it’s probably worth it.
I read Proximon’s guide for chosing parts and also the everything you need to know about power supplies and I think this one is powerful enough possibly more than I need but I’d rather have too much than too little incase I get a second graphics card or something down the road
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The cheapest set of parts is 735 right now after all the rebates and the most expensive is 846. First time I’ve picked out a set of parts but I spent probably about 20-25 hours looking/reading about parts on TH and newegg and think I picked some decent stuff. Let me know if it’s pretty decent build or if I’m a retard that’s way off base. Thanks
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+1 for the corsair 750tx. Leaving the option open to go crossfire (if you don't decide to go with the 2 cards now) is the way to go. Building a budget rig is all about upgrades. The 520 wouldn't be enough to run two 4850s and up. 650 watts would be sufficient, but you wouldn't have much more room to add any cards/extras in terms of power.
Yea, with that combo bumbum posted the 750 corsair psu is only 10 or 15 more, so that seems like a pretty good call. How fast is fast ddr2? Is it worth it to go with the phenom II 955 over the 940 to be able to use ddr3 down the road? (amx2+ isn't compatible with ddr3 is it?) Thanks for the help.
Hmm, I was thinking more like a 20-22" monitor, I guess maybe a slightly lower resolution would be better for what I'm looking for? Is there a big step up from a 4850 to a 4870 or a 4890? I don't think I want to drop enough for two graphics cards yet, but if it's a big step up to go 4890 the extra 70ish buck is probably worth it. Right now I'm at 800 if I go with the combo powersupply/MoBo and the Phenom II 940 and the ram that bumbum recommended.
A couple of my friends were saying intel core i7 or core 2 a lot better than AMD, but it seems like there's a pretty steep price jump for intel chips. Is the extra money worth it to go intel over amd, how big is performance jump?
if you have the money and don't mind spending it, i7 would be the way to go. but if you want good price/performance/value, amd triple and quad cores put up good benches at a good price. Core 2 is solid as well, but similar chips are cheaper if you go amd. Also, amd has a nice lineup of black editions with unlocked multipliers, making it easy to overclock.