APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the week
BUDGET RANGE: approximately 600. can maybe go a little higher but not much.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, internet (typical stuff)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, hard drive, OS, PSU
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel CPU, nvidia gpu (but can go ati if persuaded)
OVERCLOCKING: probably some, but not a whole lot SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I believe he has a 1280x1024 resolution monitor. he may be upgrading that in a few months.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Friend told me he wanted a new video card for his somewhat aging HP desktop. I convinced him his best bet would just be to upgrade a bunch of his stuff, as his cpu would be a nice bottleneck and he might not be able to throw a new bigger gpu in his case anyways. I need to get for him the following. CPU, GPU, Mobo, Ram, and a case. I have been doing a lot of research for my build coming up in a couple months, so I have a pretty good idea of what to look for. and ive been reading plenty of articles on this great site as well to find the best value as well. I have the following parts so far.
im unsure of gskill memory having never used it before. he bought a power supply earlier in the year which should be more than capable of handling these parts. And also, the one thing i am not sure about is what type of case to get. It's been a while since I had to get a new one, so i'm really not sure if i need to get him a full size tower or a mid size tower. thanks in advance for the help guys!
hes pretty dead set on intel. hes not a fan of amd. i dont believe hes too concerned with being able to upgrade, as i think he just wants to put down some cash to get a solid system that will last him a couple years. at which point he will probably just go all out and get something really nice.
I personally think you'd be better off with an AMD socket am3 rig with a phenom 2 maybe a 720 black edition or something to that effect to allow greater upgradeability in the future. Not that socket 775 from intel is not decent, but since they aren't going any further with it, socket 775 is going to be a dead end.
If you went with this combo you'd be looking at 475 + shipping. Leaving you room for a better processor, new hard drive, whatever. Or have your friend pocket the cash and get new games. But I think with something along these lines, you would get good performance, and have a lot better upgrade path down the line.
Btw the 720 is fairly even in performance with the e8400. If you go with the 945 or something you'd have an even stronger system. Check this review out for some ideas how it compares. Your friend may be pleasantly suprised.
They even include the e8400 for comparison sake on some tests. But from what I'm seeing you can almost get the performance of an i7 on these higher end amd rigs. But show this thread to your friend and see what he thinks.
ive already talked to him about possibly going with an AMD system. Hes rather insistent on getting an intel setup. i will talk to him again tomorrow, but i dont know... i just dont think he wants to build AMD.
Also see about convincing him into getting an ATI GPU as an HD 4890 costs the same as that GTX260 but performs on par with a GTX275, and you can get an HD 4870 which is equivilant to the GTX260 which is enough to run every game on max on 1280x1024 easily for $55 cheaper.
allright, I will talk to him today at work and see what I can do. I told him before that AMD might be a better option considering his budget for it, so I'll see what he has to say. i'll post back in here after work today. thanks for the help so far guys
The parts you've listed are almost my system.....except I got the GTS250oc....
If he's dead set against AMD then what you have is very decent indeed..
The only thing I would change is the ram..I use OCZ because trust their reliability.
Allright. I talked with him a bit trying to get him to get the AMD system. even tried to tell him if hes set on intel to wait a few weeks for when i5 supposedly comes out. I think he wants to build intel and build it now. is there anything I should change with the setup i have?