APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late Nov. 2009 or Early Dec.
BUDGET RANGE: Keep it between $800 - $900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
0.Multi-tasking between Gaming/surfing web/downloading
5.homework and/or etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
*150GB - 500GB Hard drive (Don't need a lot memory)
*A power processor like a Quad, Triple, or Duo processor
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 but I might get a monitor with 1920x1200 (So don't let the 1024x768 monitor resolution limit your builds)
*I would like a quiet PC.
*Please do NOT post parts that are deactivated or links that don't work.
*Add price tags to parts and totals with shipping/rebates would be nice but not necessary.
1.What OS do you recommend for gaming?
2.Recommend a good time to buy between Nov. 2009 - Dec. 2009? (e.g Thanksgiving, Christmas, Black Friday, New Years Holidays)
Win 7 for the OS, it will be out by the time you buy. PS has a good general build there for you. With the holidays and combos, prices will come under your budget. This will be better to post right before you buy. The 500gb Spinpoint F3 is a great performer and only $55, so there's some to save already.
The parts picked out now won't be the same that will be cheapest when you go to buy. Use Psycho's build as a guide so you know what ballpark you're playing in, but that's the best you can expect right now. When you have the money in hand and are buying within the week, that's the best time to ask for exact pricing options. Black friday is a great time to take advantage of some deals.
As for the OS, you'll want Win 7 because it will support DX11. Win XP only supports DX9 and Vista may or maynot support DX11. Never looked into it. But if the choice is Vista or Win7, 7 all the way.
Linux is really your only other option, and gaming in linux takes some tweaking and you don't get near the performance from the linux drivers that you do the windows drivers.
It will be in stock with enough quantities by the time you buy because it's a brand new card from the latest generation so don't expect it to be out of stock for a long time..
NewEgg always list items out of stock as "deactivated"
1TB is usually hany but the 500GB version of the same HDD is more affordable and still give you the same great performance if not better!..
The Antec 900 is a very good case and priced is right! But I'll look for other options as you asked...
Stay away from Linux if you're not a computer savvy and don't know enough resources for soft/hardware support.. If you still want Linux then i advice you with either Ubuntu or Kubuntu... (Both free)..
I preferred the HIS card over XFX's (even when both are 100% reference) because it offers life-time (over Sapphire's 2Y) and priced $20 less than XFX's... When customized cards come out then the Sapphire is better because they're a PCB partner with ATI...
This article has a lot more to do with high quality displays, but it does address the mainstream market too. Basically, unless you need super high quality, most of the others available will impress you and just see it before you buy it. Performance wise, they'll be similar. http://www.anandtech.com/displays/showdoc.aspx?i=3584&p...
Thanks for the article, skora but that article didnt have what I was looking for.
I just want a monitor that can support a ATI 4800 HD+ or GTX 200+ graphic card. Which is probably any monitor, however I want one that can brought out those graphic cards true potential. I'm looking for a gaming monitor.
I heard ViewSonic was a good brand for gaming monitors.
What inch monitor would be good? I'm looking at 19"
If you want an inexpensive 24" LCD, it's safe to assume that you're not after top image quality. In that case, you can pick up virtually any of the new 24" 1080p displays and be happy with your purchase.
Gaming doesn't need the type of display a graphics designer needs. That's why there's NO buying guides. They all tend to be good enough for gaming. Any current production monitor will do. So don't waste too much energy or thought into which to get. If you really want to do homework, grab a pen and paper, head down to your local brick and mortar computer store, and write down the model numbers of the ones you like. Check prices online, press add to cart if its cheaper.
Don't look at monitor size either. Its resolution thats the main factor unless you have physical limitations where its being used. When I'm spec'ing out a system for someone, the first thing I start with is the monitor or use their monitor size to pick the GPU. Since you're after a 1920x1080+ size, you'll want a GPU that can run games at that resolution at the quality you want. The 5770 can run games at that resolution, but not all of them at max settings. The 5770 is a great match for 1680x1050 and should let you run most all games at max. I use an 4 year old 1280x1024 monitor from acer and it works fine for gaming. Yep, just a plain ole budget monitor does the trick.