APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week or two
BUDGET RANGE: About $1,200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, surfing the web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, dvd burner
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel/nvidia
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am willing to go above my budget a bit if it means getting a noticeable better part, or will have a significant benefit in the long run.
I have a list of parts that am thinking about (below), and i was wondering what people's opinions on them are. Also I am not entirely sure about the graphic cards, but then again I plan to run my system by 1440x900 so it should be more than enough.
+1 to hunter's suggestions. The 4850 would be a good option and then if you ever upgrade your monitor or want a new gpu the DX11 cards will be out in the fall from AMD.
I would go with the OCZ Platinum that hunter linked.
You said No to CF or SLI and no to overclocking, so you do not need an aftermarket HSF or a 700watt psu. My word of advice is to definitely overclock. It is super easy and there are tons of tutorials online. It also stretches your dollar even further.
Hey, let me start off by saying thank you all for the input.
So from what I can gather, I should change the ram, and hd that I have selected to the ones listed above. As for the ATI card, while I do like ATI, I have heard from co-workers that intel cpus work better with nvidia cards, so am not sure if I should switch it. But then again, I do like saving money, so I’ll look into this.
Guess I’ll give overclocking a shot, my only hesitation with it, is that I plan on using the computer for years and for some reason I think overclocking might cause issues with the machine in the long run.
@Yoosty: Good catch on the cooling, I think I’ll go with the XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V as a replacement. As for the OS, Vista comes with a coupon for Windows 7, so am going to keep it in the list.
Um, was looking at your monitor resolution and this build looks great, but it is also complete overkill in terms of power for what you can actually use on your monitor. You could instead get a decent 22 or 24 inch monitor and a kickass gaming rig for that $1200 no probs- and you would be getting a much better gaming experience/value for the money.
Also xigmatek is a great cooler, but is a bit inadequate when it comes to cooling the beast that is the i7. There are better out coolers out there for similar prices such as the titan fenrir and the thermalright ultra 120 exe (don't waste money on the complete copper one though, it is heavy and not any better).
This build will not only give you an awesome 24 inch monitor - but it will also beat the above i7 builds in all games at high resolution and settings.
How you might ask?, well it is because gaming at high resolution is gpu bound and not cpu bound. The i7 will win in apps performance and memory bandwidth, but in the real world of gaming this is meaningless. Games require much more GPU power (if that is measured in terms of $ spent) than CPU power to perform well.
Bottom line - if you really want a great gaming experience then spend the money where it counts - the GPUs.
That is not to say that the i7 isn't great - it most definitely is, it is just to state that for the money you have it is not the best choice if you wish to have the best gaming performance. It is also overkill for 1440 x 900, so a better monitor will really give you a much better gaming experience. 1920 x 1200 has 2304000 pixels while your monitor has only 1296000 - imagine the difference! Better yet go to the pc store and see for yourself. My laptop has a max 1440 x 900 res and believe me - I wish I had the money for a 24 inch screen.
Hey, thanks for the info. I have 2 things i need to check out now (video cards and cooling) when i have the time. Anywho, part of the reason why i went for the i7 is that i program a bit, not much right now since am working, but that might change soon. I don't suppose you know how the AMD cpu you suggested stacks up to the i7 for programming purposes?