I am in the process of building a new computer and I'm just wondering of what people might think of my system which is a work in progress.
"NOTE": I have The Thermaltake Strike MX case with the 250mm fan, an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro CPU cooler, DVD drive, and Motherboard (the motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 with Crossfire, I got this motherboard from a friend for free and made sure that it works.) I am trying to build around the motherboard since it is free.....
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A couple months or near Christmas.
BUDGET RANGE: 600$ U.S. max
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, (things like Crysis, WoW, Soon will be playing Modern Warfare 2) and things like web and music.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, motherboard, CD/DVD drive, and CPU cooler.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Please Newegg, they are the people i like the most.
PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI please (the Board is CrossfireX)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes....later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I want to keep the Core 2 Quad cause I don't need the little boost that the i7 has compared to the Quads. Please foregive me if i missed anything!!!!!
August 27, 2009 3:20:48 AM
Luckily you posted your monitor resolution because now we can determine that your GPU is definitely overkill for your system. Save some money and go for a 4850.
XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lastly 750W PSU is definitely overkill unless you are running some major hardware so unless you plan on crossfiring in the future I suggest that you should consider:
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's $10 more but its modular so less cables/headaches!
... I should have read you were gonna crossfire/SLI
You said your rez is (MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 x 900) If you keep this monitor THEN yes you can go with a 4850, If you plan to upgrade your rez to say 1920X1080 Then your better off getting a 4890 now so you wont need to replace the GPU after a monitor upgrade.