APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Will be buying items over the next month and a half or so
BUDGET RANGE: No more than 900$ US
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. Any site with better prices on the items is a plus.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Full Tower case | AMD processor | ATI card | Thermaltake cooling
OVERCLOCKING: Yes. SLI- Yes. Crossfire- Yes.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: New to building computers, but i went over many, many products and i think i am pretty happy with this build. But like I said, new to building, is all this compatible? Is there anything I could downgrade to save a few bucks? Anything I should upgrade? Any of the parts not worth the money? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!
Here is what I am thinking about getting:
Case- Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Case link
CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core CPU link
You'll get some help if you edit your post to follow the format in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. There's some basic information in there that we need in order to offer any meaningful advice.
Thanks, I was thinking about swapping the HD for the black, didn't know the difference, lol. What wattage PSU should I get for this build? I might in the future purchase an additional 4890 and crossfire them.
Is there a reason you prefer a full tower case, AMD CPU, or that overpriced Thermaltake cooler? The new i5/i7 chips offer amazing performance for the price. You could do a build around the new i5 if you're willing to compromise on some non-critical items like the case and cooler.
Well, I like to add a lot of stuff to my cases, so a full tower provides me more room to do it. I have always bought Thermaltake products and have been really impressed with them. I have had some bad Intel products and decided to give AMD a whirl. That heatsink isn't necessary but I want a decent thermaltake sink that's compatible with the AM3 sockets.
A 4850 would easily game at that low resolution. A 4890 would be a waste of money right along with that case and cooler. From the looks of your avatar, you're not likely to pick anything but Thermaltake, though.
I hope you're planning on using a 64-bit OS so you can use all 4GB of RAM.