This is my first ever build, having had laptops for the past 10 years, which has limited my play to Warcraft 3 and other old games until now. I want to start gaming again, properly. Although due to work and wife, this won’t be hardcore, so probably only 5 hours a week or so. Therefore, I don’t need a super system right now, but something that would play the new games very nicely (I have my eye on Starcraft 2, Dragon Age Origins, Diablo 3, I’m an RPG/strategy gamer, more than a FPS type) and also something that I could upgrade every 2 years or so. I wouldn’t mind a situation where I am playing the 2009 games at high settings, then 2011 ones at medium, 2012 at med/low, then upgrading something and sort of repeat the process.
I have studied diligently forums and websites for a month to come up with a build. One last thing, I live in Finland, which makes things harder (and more expensive). I will try and give options under each component, maybe linking a page showing other options for you to suggest from.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week / as soon as possible
BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000 euros excluding Windows 7, mouse & keyboard.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, watching movies, office work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don’t have anything yet, but might be able to get mouse & keyboard cheaply.
PARTS PREFERENCES: None. Just the best value/money. I don’t want a huge heavy case though. Also, 21”-24” monitor. Either ATI HD4970 or HD 4890.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, when I learn or badly need in future to keep in pace.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe. Not initially. Thoughts welcome.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on what monitor so I guess 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 ?
I would like to buy most of my components from www.jimmspc-store.fi/, because I can pick them up from their store and save on delivery. Please use their website to check roughly prices of other components you wish to suggest. Sometimes an online website will be used when they offer much cheaper prices.
Is the slight increase in price worth it? Considering DX11 cards are way too expensive, I think that the 4890 might last me longer than the 4870, although I’ve heard the 4870 is a bit of a legend…and that the 4890 is noisy.
Ok, this really I guess depends on whether I will xfire. Right now I won’t, will I need to in future?, say if I spend a little more and get a HD4890 GPU. I’ve heard that the Core i5 doesn’t xfire well. I really can’t decide, this is where I think I need opinions badly. This is the list you could pick from if you want to help:
I’m thinking that I won’t be buying a new GPU at least in a year or two, by then, I could just buy a better GPU, and sell the old one, instead of spending more money now for a PSU which I won’t need. Of course I’m open to suggestions.
I will have the computer in our room, where we don’t have a TV, so I was thinking maybe we can also watch films/TV sometimes. What specifications do I need in this kind of monitor? I thought of this:
Id seriously look into getting the newer radeon 5850. will probably cost you bout 50e more, but she'll perform beautifully from the benchmarks ive seen. This means you wont really be needing to crossfire 2 gpus for quite awhile and you can save some cash on the PSU.
If you do however stick to the 4800 series id say invest the money in a stronger PSU, since a single 4890 will stop being top of the range rather quickly and you'll need to add a second to keep up with games.
Personally, im going for a single 5850 when i buy my new system in a week. Costs about 50 quid more than the 4890, but i recon it'll be worth it.
I know what you mean, and I'd like to get a dx11 card, but does the extra money justify in performance? Perhaps in dx11 games, but in today games, in 1,920 x 1,200 resolutions? I'd have to think about it, someone else have any ideas. Thanks for your reply though!!!
MOre importantly, what do you think of the rest of the build? I don't know if no comments about it is good or bad! Will a 550W PSU be enough for one card (even a 5850 for example?)