This is my first post here, I've been reading up for a while and i thought its about time to ask some questions of my own.
I have quite an old computer and its time for a new one.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2nd half of september BUDGET RANGE: (US$1200-1500)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming & HD video hooked up to 1080p LCD)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (NA)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Newegg.com)
-Intel i7 920 Processor
-Asus P6T SE Motherboard
-Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz TRI-CHANNEL Ram
-Ati Radeon 4890 1GB Video
-Hitachi Deskstar 1TB HDD
-Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W PSU
-Coolermaster CM 690 Case
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1280x1024 for gaming, 1920x1080 for HD video)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (NA)
The main uses im going to give it are gaming, and hooking it up to a 1080p Lcd TV to watch HD video.
First thing is, should i pick a 4870 , 4890, or an Nvidia GTX 285 for video, ill be gaming on a 19" most of the time so max resolution will probably be at 1280x1024. If i happen to get a bigger screen that supports better resolutions would any of these still cut it?
Next is the mother board, how different is the P6T Se from the P6T or the P6T deluxe, i have no plans of adding an extra video card, so i dont really care for the xFire or SLI support. Is there any other mobo around the same price range that is worth looking into?
As far as the Ram is concerned, how noticable is the difference between 1333 and 1600?
Is the PSU more than enough for this system? could i look at some 650 ones or should i be more inclined towards a 800+ PSU.
If i decide to overclock the CPU what would be a good clock speed, without reducing the cpu's life span significantly and would it be necesarry to buy a new heatsink for it?
If you are on 1280x1024 a 4850 would be just fine, a 4870 will max out everything, and a 4890 is overkill for anything under 1920x1080. The only difference between the P6T and P6T SE is a lack of SLI support on the SE, the deluxe comes with a few more features and nicer heatsinks.
If you really have no intention of running a dual card solution then just get a 650 watt corsair, but really you should stick with the 750 as you always have the option of doing two 4890s with that. Also 2 4850's will beat out a 4890 so for now i would suggest getting 1 and if you upgrade your monitor then get a second.
There is no point of that build he listed with a small monitor, which basically defeats the purpose of i7 920 and 4870 or 4890
runnin 1280x1024 is pathetic, wasting money on good hardware
get at least 22 inch. 1680x1050 at least.