APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A few weeks to a month from now
BUDGET RANGE: $600-$800 CAD ($550-$750 USD)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Medium level games like Guild Wars, World of Warcraft, Battlefield 2142, (nothing really intensive, but I'd like to be able to max the settings), web surfing, simple 3D design
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca or a site with canadian shipping please
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD please. >20' monitor, size of the computer makes no difference to me, and neither does the fan noise
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If possible include a mobo with the option for a future upgrade, but not a necessity
^+1, a HD 4890 would be great, i just tryed to stay inside the budget but if you can find better prices for some of the parts and change that 4870 for a 4890 you will be good with games for a while.
Thanks a lot for all the help, guys =)
From what I've seen, it's not a significant enough boost to justify using the 4890 over the 4870, especially in a budget build: every benchmark I've seen puts it at about a 10% improvement for an additional $50-$80. The 4870 looks to be exactly what I want, so that part's pretty much a done deal.
I may go with a smaller monitor, or just spend more, and I'll get a tri-core, though- I like the convenience of leaving my music and firefox running while I play a game.
I'm woefully underexperienced and under-knowledged about PSUs. Is 600W enough to upgrade to crossfire with a second 4870? Would it be enough to overclock?