It has been almost four years since my past PC building experience, and I am currently in the market for an upgrade.
The budget is around $1000, give or take, and Windows 7 will be coming from my school for free (hopefully).
I am looking to use AMD processors and ATI graphics cards, and I have a Thermaltake Kandalf case (1st gen), that I plan to use in order to save money.
If anyone can convince me that a reasonable boost in power can be had for the same price from Intel cards, I would be more than happy to consider switching over.
My current system build is shaping up to be the follwing:
I currently on a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers, so those are off of the list.
As for the graphics card, the new ATI series is due fairly soon, so I was either waiting for see some solid prices on those, or a decent price drop in the 4xxx series. My first selection was the following, with a second card being added later:
-XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351
The power supply was kind of a rushed decision, and I am looking for any advice on a better PSU.
I plan on building the system in the next two weeks.
So how does the build look? I wanted to get some feedback from the community before I start buying parts.
All in all, I will mainly be using the computer for gaming, as well as the Macromedia Suite that I will be forced to buy sooner or later. (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash).
My current monitor runs at 1440 x 900, but I may be upgrading that was well in the future. If I do upgrade, it will probably be substantial, so I would like to plan in advance in terms of GPU power. I plan on overclocking the system a bit as well.
Also, I forgot to mention that I was looking into Modular Power supplies, as I would like to cut down on some cable clutter, but it is not a necessity, especially if it causes a substantial jump in price.
We had this convo for my system build in the forums. I went with the Asus because it was a cheaper combo deal with the 860 i7. I don't know if this is the case for the i5, but I'd check. Both boards are very comparable and both brands are well known, so you can't really go wrong with either. Just pick the one that will save you money.