SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Aion), surfing net, some movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, dvd drive)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (US)
PARTS PREFERENCES: (Have always had AMD, but heard alot on this forum of Intel)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (have never attempted it, but willing to try)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680x1050)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Monitor and OS will come at a later date. I Plan on getting Win7 and replacing my flickering Samsung 226BW monitor)
Currently run: AMD Athlong 64 x 2 4400+ dual core, socket 939, EPOX 9npa+Ultra board, 4g of Patriot ram, BFG OC 8800gt, Seagate Barricuda 750).
Would love to run Aion full detail as smooth as I can. Would like the system to be upgradable too. I have been looking alot on this forum and seem to be getting more and more confused on which way to go. I would appreciate some assistance on where to start, again. Thanks.
If I decided to go SLI (and keep the gpu I have and add another) would this provide for a smooth gaming? This board has the 2 @ x8 or 1 @ x16. I believe the ASrock didn't offer it that way. Or, even doing this combo and getting your linked GPU, and possibly get the other about a month later.
OK. The price is getting up there pretty good. I didn't list the case here in case I need to simply drop it and use my old one....in case there is other input here. How is this looking so far? The retail box CPU doesn't come with a fan? Anyone know if the listed fan will having any issues fitting onto this cpu with this mother board? Will games like Aion use all 4 cores? Or would that AMD 3 core one better? I look the name up here in a bit when I can. Thanks.
Your CPU will come with a heat sink and fan with thermal paste already applied. You don't need to buy a HSF or thermal paste. You can save some money by going with a lower output PSU. The 650TX is nice, but you could save $20 by going with the 550VX for a single GPU setup.
Thanks. I showed the first price to my wife, she didn't laugh so it isn't a bad thing.
I'm still interested in assuring this will last a few years. Currently my main reason to rebuild is to play Aion at high detail. Then, the usual photo editing type of stuff.
During gameplay, dropping the detail will be fine when a fight of over 200+ chars are running all over. Of course, I guess that could be from my current cpu as well. I'm thinking a couple months from now, the option to add another card vs upgrading anything else, entices me. Going to a non Asus board somewhat worries me now that I think about it. I used to have one and loved how easy it is to keep the drivers updated. My current Epox was a good hunt to get things done like that.
It sounds like this may be the video card needed at this level of build. I haven't seen anyone contradict the recommendations. So with that, there are actually several combos with this video card and power supply, or this card and RAM. I read on a post from a newegg customer that says the video card should be ran with a processor at min 3.0 to get the full performance from it. Comments?
I now know two things I am going to do that I didn't know earlier. I will be using 2 video cards sooner than expected, but only one for this purchase. I also will like to dip into Over clocking...nothing extreme. but enough to get my feet wet.
I won't bury this post with links all over the place for the ram and card. But I will show the ones with the power supply. Just looking to cut some places and/or raise at others. <700.00 US is mandatory.
If anyone has played Aion or a game with similar graphics and population crowdness, please weigh in.
edit* Can't seem to fix the urls to properly link all of a sudden