So I'm looking at making a gaming rig for playing some MMORPGs. Mortal Online in specific, graphics are very nice. I also want the computer to be able to run fraps while I play and do "some" rendering/video editing... I do have a mac laptop to do some of that on as well.
Also I'd like the computer to last me around ~3 years and be semi upgradable in the future so I don't have to do a complete new build.
My biggest question is which would be a better bet, the i5 or the phenom x4?
Any ideas/input at all is welcome, and I'd really like to stay around that price range the best as possible, the lower the better of course lol.
Trans listed pretty much the same build I quoted you earlier Miller. The only thing you might consider is using a less expensive PSU to stay within your budget. I don't think you'll need much more than a 500 watter for a midranged single GPU setup. Although if you can squeeze it, stick with corsair imo...and if you can live with spending a tad extra go with Trans' suggestion. A good PSU is always a wise investment.
Difference being that quad core is an Athlon processor, while the triple core is based on the newer, faster, Phenom technology. Those new quad cores for <$100 will be great for non-gaming mutli-tasking on a budget, but the Phenom II X3 is still the front runner.
Well at the current level of gaming technology, clock speed matters more than number of cores. Only a few mainstream games support multiple cores, GTAIV and FSX for example. The Phenom II X3 is clocked higher and OCs better, not to mention its cores are more effective the Athlon's cores. When games start utilizing multiple cores across the board, then you may see a performance increase in the budget quad-core chips for gaming, but likely by that time the Phenom II X4 will replace the X3 pricewise.
Transmaniacon has a good build, you could substitute this budget Antec case which comes in a combo deal with a Antec Earthwatts 500w power supply that would be fine for a non overclocked CPU and the HD4870 and save a chunk of $$ at $100. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Hey man could u maybe make me a similar build with an i7 920 and to utualize sli Evga Gtx 260 216 SSc 55nm (i already own 1 of those need to buy another) and maybe better cooling and a better case for under 1k? thanks =]