SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Moderate Gaming, Multitasking
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor, keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
No Preference, Using newegg at the moment
1024x768, Possibly higher in future
I have researched through these forums and, so far, have determined a build. Currently I own a Dell XPS 400, which I plan to use the internal HDD and both cd/dvd drives. These are also listed below priced as $0. Feedback would be great!
Samsung SP2504C 250 GB SATA-300 Hard Disk Drive $0
LG GSA-H55L Optical Drive $0
External USB 500GB Seagate External HDD $0
My biggest question is the CPU... Which one would you suggest?
Should I go with the X3 720 or one of the X2's? I am considering a slight, stable overclocking of the CPU. This is a first time build, so would I need any other components besides a screw driver?
The 720 will be a bit better on the multitasking, for that resolution i would suggest just sticking with the IGP on the 790GX board, even a 4670 would be overkill.
Also get a 120mm cooler like the xigmatech darkknight or the core contact freezer.
Note that the OP said he might go to a higher resolution in the future. If by moderate gaming he means something like WoW, then a 4850 does a good job with a 22" monitor (that's the combo I use). I guess it really depends on whether he want to spend the money now for the GPU.
By Moderate Gaming, I am meaning able to run today's games, just not at the highest resolution/settings. I'm perfectly fine running the games on medium settings, and some on high, but with my current resolution, I don't expect the best video settings.
Thanks for the input... I have decided on going with the X3 720. Based on the comments about the board, is there any better board with the build design within a $15~20 range? I'm willing to spend approximately $100 more if it helps maximize the current design's efficiency.
+1 for the X3. The 4850 FallenSniper suggested for the same price at the 4830 is a no brainer. It should run everything on high at your current resolution. It should also be more than acceptable on something around a 22" 1920X1080 on moderate to high levels.
My take on falling prices after the 5xxx series launch. Prices have already been dropping on the current selection of cards. How much further can a 4580 drop? Down to $75? Considering the 46xx are still around above $50... So a possible $25 drop after release of the new 5xxx series. I suppose it could be more, but doubtful. Is it worth it to the OP to wait a month or two to see what happens? Only he knows.
The Sunbeam Core Contact hunter315 mentioned doesn't play well with taller heatsinks near the CPU socket.
If you need to trim the budget just get a 4670 for now. They are quite strong, really.
There's a $30 difference between the Sapphire 4850 and the 4670. That's a good jump for $30 IMO. My question is, is the cooler really warranted? Is it better to have an after market cooler? Sure, but is it necessary for a "somewhat" OC? It would be more difficult to add a cooler later. At least more time consuming, but still cheaper to add it later if its needed than buying a card now and replacing it later.
Would there be a problem with the Xigmatech Dark Knight?
I haven't tried it myself, but I've had a few reports that the Sunbeam, whose cooling fins start fairly low, leaves no space between the cooler and the heatsink just south of the CPU socket (northbridge or whatever we call it on AMD boards). Since the clip used is very stiff and requires a good bit of force, it makes it hard to install. Maybe impossible for some.
I haven't heard anything similar with the Xigmatek. I usually recommend the Sunbeam with more open boards such as the P43 or 770.