APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:Late October/Early November
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, gaming, gaming, gaming!
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg would be preferable, but if there's a much better deal at a reputable site then that is fine as well
PARTS PREFERENCES:Intel CPU
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:As cheap as possible would be better! $1000 is the absolute maximum I want to spend, but would much rather go cheaper if I'm not taking a big performance hit.
This is what I put together so far. Could anyone go over this and make sure everything is compatible and make recommended changes please. This is my first system building project and I'm pretty nervous about the whole thing since I don't have that much experience with computers. Would this be absolutely everything I need? Or do I need to order extra cables and other stuff. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
The 4870 1GB and GTX 260 core 216 go back and forth in the benchmarks. I would say the 4870 1GB is the overall better card. The fact that it's cheaper without having to deal with a MIR is just icing on the cake IMO.
i think the 4870 tends to do better at AAiliasing?? The extra ram will also help at higher resolutions I think. I have the gtx260 216, runs fine on a 24inch 1080p monitor. I like eVGA for the step up program, and XFX for their double lifetime warranties. Hope that helps!
October 6, 2009 7:37:00 PM
Thanks for all the help so far guys. With the changes that were suggested I have the total price down to $850 now without losing any performance and even gaining some with the better GPU.
If anyone else has any suggestions, let me know.
October 7, 2009 12:07:50 AM
Also, do you think it'd be worth it to shell out the extra $100 and upgrade to the 5850?
honestly the 4870 should be good to play pretty much anything out right now, but if I had the money I would opt for the 5850. The 100 now will give you maybe 6mos-year more playtime than the 4870... I always splurge on GPU's, they make a huge impact on your system.
October 7, 2009 6:28:55 AM
Yeah, I feel as if I'll regret not getting the 5850, lol. Too bad the availability is currently non-existent.