Im a little iffy with the video card, chances are there is something better out there for the money, but since this is a combo deal and you get all 3 for $435 and it will do what I want it to do it seems like a good setup.
Also I will probably need a new case and power supply to boot.
Any suggestions would be appreciated, I havent kept up with the latest greatest hardware in years so I cant say I know whats good anymore.
Yeah, ive been out of the country for the past year and a half so ive missed out on a lot of games. But I meant the $500-650 budget for the cpu, motherboard, graphics card only. I figured memory and psu/case would be necessary extras but last time I check you can get a good psu/case for $150.
As far as monitor I have an acer 19in wide lcd (its the acer al1917w) and I dont remember what resolution I run it as since its been sitting in storage for over a year.
Ive been out of the USA and western civilization for that matter for some time now so please bare with me if I am out of date (In fact I currently have 2 desktops, one that still runs dos that I put together when Wolfenstein 3D was the greatest things out there which I think was 93 , and another I last updated in 2003-04). Before today I had no idea what SLI/Crossfire was and Ive never even tried overclocking so its not something I even think of.
Thanks for all the suggestions though, and glad you pointed out the i5 that looks like the most processing power for my money, Ill have to check out the benchmarks and see whats the next step.
I guess that's where I get confused. The first board has two PCIs slots, but one runs at X4. What I assumed from the article was that such a setup didn't negatively affect a crossfire setup. But it has been a bad day, and maybe my reading for comprehension isn't what it should be.
Well the first one has 1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 and 1 PCI Express x16, so you could crossfire cards, but one of them will only operate at half the bandwidth, and since it only operates at x4 mode to begin with, it takes a considerable penalty.
Here is what I decided to go with so far...
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product ($199.99 + Free Shipping)
Ill crossfire two 4850's with that mobo
But if anyone has any suggestions for this list or can find something comparable thats cheaper or better please let me know.
I still have to decide on a PSU and case as well