Hey Tomshardware, I posted a month or so ago concerning a new gaming computer build and you all helped so much with my questions on it, so thanks. After seeing my new computer my friend now also wants a new gaming computer and I though I would put together a build I made for him, and hope you guys could comment on it.
The big things is that he really wants the rig to be as "future proof" as possible, and wants to get the best bang for his buck. He only plays games, and will probably use the computer for little else, besides youtube.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 Weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, youtube
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Cheapest possible
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, mid-tower
OVERCLOCKING: As needed SLI OR CROSSFIRE: As needed
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Future proof, great bang for buck (in terms of gaming performance)
The total is $1301....$101 dollars over what he wanted to pay, I was hoping anyone could give some advice to lower the price in any way. Also, I am not too sure on the PSU, is it too strong for the rig? Like me, he may eventually get 2 4890's if he notices a slow down in some of the future games.
A way I see he can save money right now, would be to not buy Vista, but in the long run it seems he would probably save because Windows 7 and coming out for $200, thus saving him $90 if he bought it right now.
yeah, the keyboard is a keyboard so I wouldn't count it in the actual price... it's part of the system yeah... but with Logitech you have almost life-time warranty so he can use it forever, also compared to the old blue G15, this one the keys don't get washed out by use. (Had both, the blue died after 2 years, the orange is still keeping up to expectations)
So if you count like this: hunter315 saves you 55$, and if you take out the keyboard, it's another 75$ you're good.
By taking out, I believe it's not really "part" of the computer since it's going to last a lot longer... just... personal opinion.
Awesome thanks to all the advice given! Couple questions...
1. Is there any real difference when it comes to antec 900 vs 902?
2. with the CPU mentioned, do you think it will be able to run dual monitors (22in dont know if it makes a difference) as well as a decent 6 speaker setup?
For top gaming performance i'd stick with the 955 BE and a 790FX motherboard, the ease of OCing a BE and the advantages of 16x-16x throughput, especially at the top end of the gaming spectrum is an advantage. Not that batuchkas build isn't a good one, but it would affect performance.
Yes u have a point - the top most end where the air is thin is where 790FX or 16x + 16x multi chipsets have the edge. Generally not recommended to CFX HD4870X2s on an 8x+8x mobo but extensive testing have shown there is no untoward effects on CFing a pair of single GPUs 8x+8x CF on most current PCIex16 gen 2.0 lanes
An older PCIex16 gen 1.0 would be found wanting though ^^