I'm not very knowledgeable on what is needed and what is unnecessary for gaming. Such as using DDR2 or DDR3 Ram, difference a 2/3/4 Core CPU will make, a 4870 vs 4890 at my resolution. So any advice you all can hit me with is really appreciated. I don't want to expend too much money on something I won't get anything out of, or spend too little on something that will give me a noticeable improvement.
Also, is using Windows 7 a good choice for gaming? Or would I be better off buying some version of Vista?
Any advice on where I can drop the price without hurting performance too much, or where I can pay a little more to get a lot more power would help. As I said, I don't know if a few of these things are inadequate or unnecessary.
4890 may mean the difference between maxed out settings Crysis or not, but the 4870 would still be plenty adequate at that resolution... maxing out everything EXCEPT maybe Crysis xD. Check out the benchmarks, find out what you like.
Otherwise, very smartly budgeted build. Consider another hard drive in the future, but for the time being, nice build.
BTW, I'm pretty sure the 650TX comes with a bunch of cable ties... my 750tx came with a ton.
Edit: Yup, it does. Not sure how many you need, but it does come with some, and mine came with a bunch so I'm expecting the same...
Good call on the RAM and HDD. Updated original post. Thanks!
The most intense game I play is CoD4 so I don't think I need to push it too much with a 4890 yet. There any problems with XFX Radeon cards? My current card is an Nvidia XFX 7900gs that runs idle at 75c and it regularly goes near 90c when playing stuff. Had the same card for a few years with no problems so I trust them.
XFX is very well regarded due to their double lifetime warranty. No problems there, imo. And as long as you're not looking to max out Crysis or some other badly-ported/coded game, you'll be *very* satisfied with the 4870... especially from a 7900 gs.
Although that feeling of satisfaction won't be quite like mine, since I went from a 7600 gs to a 4890 .
Edit: And that is a SPANKIN' cheap 4870 1GB. Wow. I think my friend needs to buy one of those... Amazin' how prices go down.