apologize i didn't catch the rules on posting new builds for suggestions!
approx purchase date: within next 2weeks
system usage: Gaming, surfing the net, movies
parts not required: mouse, keyboard
preferred website(s): newegg
overclocking: since i'm so enexperienced with computer builds i'd say no
additionally: I also need a quality monitor, but this i'm unsure of any suggestions would be great!
Alright, well i'm pretty much a newb to building a gaming rig to say the least. I personally won't be building this one but i'm trying to get my feet wet in choosing the correct parts. Who knows maybe after backseating this build i can do my own next time. But so far this is what i was looking into for a fairly high quality gaming rig. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Gaming Case.
processor: AMD Phenom™ II X4 945 Quad-Core CPU
cooling: XIGMATEK Dark Knight 120mm CPU Cooling Fan System
memory: 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1333 Memory Module
grafix: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX+ – 1GB
OR ATI Radeon HD 4870 – 1GB
That motherboard only says it supports crossfire so the NVIDIA graphics card is a poor idea. Are you looking at crossfiring 2 4870s initially, or starting with a single and buying a second later if you need it? For about the price of 2 4870s you could get a 5850, which would be a much better long term plan IMO.
You probably only need 4GB RAM.
That corsair PSU is a top of the line PSU that will handle 3 graphics cards. You motherboard will only handle two so backing down to the corsair 650 or 750 would make sense.
You should consider an i5 build, depending on budget. It would be pretty close to the same price.
lol see my limited knowledge on the subject is already showing through...
i'd like to keep the build under $1600 w/o the monitor
as far as graphics cards i was reading that there were issues running wow on dual cards so i was looking for maybe one strong card as oposed to dual weaker cards.
to put it simply i want something that will handle wow at full setting with ease and eventually handle Diablo3 with little to no issues at max settings. while still being able to surf the net and possibly watching a quality blu ray from time to time.
you wont need 8 gig of ram . If you look through the memory scaling articles on this site you will see that theres very little or no improvement in fps when you use more than about 3 gig ... so a 2 x2 gig kit of low latency [ 7-7-7-20 or lower at the lowest voltage possible ] is the best option .
You also wont need the 850 watt psu . A 650 TX will do fine .
Spend the money you save on the RAM and psu to upgrade the gfx card to the new 5850 Radeon .
With that card/ram/processor it will kick gaming sand in the face of hunters i5 build and cost a little less
The i5 will beat it in encoding situations but thats all and you dont mention encoding at all so IMO stick with AMD
i don't even know what encoding is so i'm assuming no. But thanks everyone for your help. Thats why i choose to post here. No BS straight answers, no flaming, and you guys no your stuff. I appreciate it. Any inputs on a good quality monitor?
nope, not at all. It will provide no FPS increase and even if you have a bad internet connection it wont really help you out. The motherboard already provides gigabit ethernet so card adds no added functionality, maybe 15ms less ping and a tiny bit less loss but for most people those are already pretty low.
With his budget there is no reason to go with less than a 5850 graphics card. I am sure he wants this machine to be useful when DX11 matters in a year or two.
I would go with something like hunters build but replace the 4890 with a 5850. A Phenom II x4 build would be fine also, but pair it with a 5850 graphics cards.
I would not go for one of the Toms Marathon builds. Those are designed for the best bang per buck TODAY with no consideration for long term. Quad cheap GPUs is great for maximizing todays dollars but buying a single strong card uses less power, heat and noise and gives you the option to add additional strong GPUs later to further boost performance if you need it.
with the intel build he still has $200 left, he could fit in a 5870 if wanted to. but will that be ok?? I mean he is going to be gaming on a 23.1" monitor as the biggest size, if not a 22'', but i guess you right direct x 11 is something to look at.
That looks good, although i havent hear any review on that gigabyte, I think you should go with the combo i posted, it can save from 20-30 depending on how much that UD5 const, i think is around the $200 mark, I'll recomend asus or the new improved MSI with DRmoS, because its really good for over clocking, but P55 chipset offer you a wide variety of range between prices, not like x58, so u can chose something between 140 to 200 depending on your budget