I've been using only laptops for the last several years but wish to build my own desktop capable of running the latest games and optimal resolution and frames. I've never built a PC before so I'm new to choosing components and need advice and direction.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Looking to build within a month or two BUDGET RANGE: 1500-2000 CND
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: This will be almost exclusively for gaming. I have a laptop for my other needs.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None, I'm starting from scratch and have no spare parts to use.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anything that ships to Canada (newegg, ncix, tigerdirect, etc...)
PARTS PREFERENCES: This is where I could use some help, from what I've read it seems it'd be best for me to go with Intel i7 Quad with an ATI video card. Again I don't really know a whole lot about this and welcome any suggestions.
OVERCLOCKING: Most likely not. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1800 is good I suppose.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll be buying a monitor locally but other than that I'm looking to buy the rest of the parts online. I spent a few hours this afternoon looking into parts I might want and made a list. Let me know what you think and whether or not these parts will even work together.
Hi...thats a very good build...
But few things that you should know...
1. Core i7 wont provide significant performance boost in games over the cheaper Core2Q or the AMD X4 955...So you can save money on the total platform cost too...
2. You wont require the Dominator RAMs if you are not overclocking
3. Core i7 would be of better value when overclocked...
4. If you dont want full tower cases, you can look into the HAF 922 - HAF 932's smaller version...
5. Get a SATA DVD drive and not IDE... - Thinner cable, less clutter...
Since this is strictly for gaming, size down on your HD to the WD640 Black. Try these changes, and then with the money saved, up your vid card to a gtx 275 or a 4890. That case down below has great cooling/airflow and plenty of room for SLI. Also I would really look into over clocking seeing how easy it is to do these days. And as gkay pointed out...never use an EIDE component in a new build for the reasons he pointed out (SATA always).
The gigabyte motherboard why_me suggested is a good choice and will save you money now. I would only consider the EVGA due to their customer support is second to none. If you need help you can call them anytime and get support from a live person, not an email system that takes days. I wished Gigabyte would do that and they would get more of my business.
For a test give them a call and see how long it takes you to get someone:
U.S. and Canadian Customers: 888.880.EVGA (3842)
The longest I have ever been told to wait was 15 minutes and it took maybe 7 before someone picked up.
If you don't mind spending a few extra bucks I think its worth it for the customer service in itself. If not, go with the Gigabyte. Its a great product too...
Thank you all for the help. I really appreciate it. Just have a few more questions now.
Why would I go with the 4890 instead of two 4870's? Just going by the hierarchy chart on this website and it says that 4870x2 is better than the 4890.
Also, could anyone suggest to me a 4890 card? Or even let me know how the 4870 I picked out is? There's so many different manufacturers of the same card and I really don't know the difference between them all.
So it seems overclocking isn't as difficult as I thought it used to be, and I'm now more open to possibly doing it. With that in mind, should I still go for a mid tower? Will it provide enough room for cooling?
I'll be going with the gigabyte motherboard and the ocz ram that you guys suggested. Thanks for that.
Just to be sure, all these components should work together right? Again I've never built one before and just want to make sure that they are all compatible together.
Edit: One more thing, will that power supply be enough even if I do decide to overclock?
If you're not buying for at least a month and maybe two, most of the advice you get now could be null and void. Too many things can and will change by then. Not trying to piss on anyone's parade, but its true.