APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: tomorrow -- the sooner the better BUDGET RANGE: ~US$500-750 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Work(Software Engineering), Gaming, Mild 2D & 3D Graphic Design, Surfing, Movies PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com PARTS PREFERENCES: Haven't been a huge fan of ATI or AMD for a few years, but open to suggestions. OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not planning on it MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Preferably cool & quiet.
Total Price: $658.49 After shipping with the 10$ Antec 300 promo. Also has $55 in mail in rebates.
I'm looking for any suggestions you might have on replacing any of these parts, and also for a video card. I am planning on sticking my 8600GT in here, and then grabbing a video card in a couple weeks. I want a solid video card, but I don't want to pay a ton (i.e. GTX 295). I am looking at the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked edition, but would take any suggestions on that as well.
As a developer I do a lot of multi-tasking. I usually have a bajillion firefox windows open, several visual studio, netbeans, or eclipse windows open, etc, but I also do a fair amount of gaming.
I would like to stay below or at 700$ without a video card.
I have a couple 22" Acers that I will be hooking this up to. I may upgrade those some time in the future.
I want performance, but I'm not ready to pay for a core i7.
I would also like the computer to be cool and quiet.
If you are a kind of person, who keeps upgrading the PC on a whole, then it wont matter going with either intel or AMD...
But I dont think this is the correct time to buy an intel PC as by September 9th, intel will officially launch Mainstream i5 CPUs, that would give you very good performance for less...So you should certainly check that out...And am sure its worth the wait...
I wish people would stop recommending the WD 640gb black. It was fantastic but it is now yesterday's tech - it simply can not compete with drives like the Spinpoint F3. The only reason to ever get it over the 500gb spinpoint is if you need exactly 640gb versus 500 or 1000, and I can't think of a situation in which this would be the case.