SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 95% Gaming, 5% Movies, Web, School Work.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything except a mouse and keyboard.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Doesn't matter
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am a hardcore gamer but play mostly WoW, CS, warcraft 3, which aren't that graphic intensive. I'd love to try out the newer games like crysis and farcry 2 but my current 10 year old HP P4, Radeon x300 128mb, ddr 400 1gb ram doesn't allow it.
This system that I'm building should be able to max out WoW, CS, and war3, and play at med-high settings on the newer games.
Okay, so far its about $650, and I have about $150 for a video card. Theres a few choices but I'm not sure which to buy.
I could get a 4850 or 4770 now and buy another to crossfire in a few weeks, but I'm not sure if the EA 500W could handle the pair with an OC'd CPU.
Or I could just get 1 Good card like the 4870.
Anyways here's some links to some card that I'm thinking about.
Ok, well theres just a few cards I'm thinking about.
OS: I was planning on getting the Windows 7 RC for free and using it until the expiration time but I read somewhere that you can't get it anymore? Can someone elaborate that for me? It would suck if I had to make room for a $100 OS on my budget.
Please leave me some feedback or suggest some parts!!!
Thanks for reading this long wall of text and links
Also a 4870 is the highest that the EA500 can support. AMD wants atleast 550Watts for 2 4850's in crossfire and while the EA500 gives you 2 pci-e connectors it doesnt have the necessary wattage. If you want to do 2 4850's then switch the PSU to this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It technically costs even less after MIR than the EA500 in the combo.