My roommate and I are going in together on a new gaming machine. We have a budget of around $800-$1000 but we could go a little higher if their is an item that merits it. I am seeking advice on what you think would be a the best build for this budget. I will also be asking questions about buying parts and eventually questions on putting the thing together.
So to the point. We will be using about a 20-25 inch HD monitor. So we are wanting to do HDMI output if this is possible. Don't include any peripherals in the build. We have great speakers and keyboards and such. The machine doesn't need to be pretty or light up or anything. Just pure function. Thanks in advance for your help!
I was also wondering about your advice on getting parts on eBay or used parts in general.
The budget does not include the monitor. I have a nice HD Samsung 22" that I am thinking about using. I play XBOX on a Phillips 42" tv. How would using this as a monitor work. I assume such an extreme size tax the GPU too much?
For sure go with the new i5's if you plan on overclocking (which you really should). The i5 at 2.66ghz performs better or very close to the Phenom II 965, which is 3.4ghz, and its cheaper. i5 750 currently $210 at newegg, while the P2 is $245.
Yup, the pendulum for builds in this budget range has swung from AMD to Intel with the release of the new i5 chips. AMD will have to slash prices again to remain competitive. An i5 build is a no-brainer in the $800 - $1000 price range. I would tweak up Why_Me's build to make it crossfire ready, though.