APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of November/early December at the latest.
BUDGET RANGE: 1500$ or so
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, flash, auto cad, bryce, web browsing, movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have a case sitting here unused, Gigabyte 3d Aurora, black, aluminum, as well as a monitor from my current PC(after Christmas when i can afford it i will be picking up a new monitor, but doesn't relate to current budget)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or TigerDirect preferred.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes a few months down the line when i find it necessary.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Minimum of 1600x1200.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want to get at LEAST 6gb of ram, preferably 8. Looking for a power pc that i can play the latest and greatest on with some decent graphics, thanks for any help you guys can give me.
Parts i have picked out and considering...any suggestions on them?
Tecmo why that PSU? I went with the 1000w one because it was 80+ rated and im planning on doing crossfire sometime within the next year with at least 1 other gpu. And i also wanted the option to add a third or fourth gpu on there if i ever need it a couple of years down the line (planning this for a 4year build).
I choose the Corsair because it is a better PSU and had more than enough power for Crossfire of 4870. If you are going to Quad setup than a 1000+ watt PSU than. I would recommend going with a 5870 Crossfire setup instead of a 4870 Quad if you want the power of Quad 4870's.
I see where the 5870 is a good chunk faster, but wont 2gig of dedicated video ram be more worthwhile for me? Why would you recommend it over the 4870?
Edit: And also, would that 850watt psu you recommended be capable of running crossfire? Only difference i could tell from the spec was the one you said had a silver certification and the 1000watt had a bronze
Darksupreme... Nice buid except... You have the i5 750 listed for an LGA 1366 motherboard. The two will not work together! The OP would need to use the i7 920 in your build, which still makes it a very good build within the budget!
Those are 3 very nice builds, but my question is wouldnt it be better to go amd route and get better gpu? I thought the differences in the I7 and Phenom were not to great when it came to gaming, my main goal for this
Darksupreme: I really am feeling that build, but i have a case. Where could i move that 100$ to improve? And while i dont mind spending less then 1500$ im shooting as close as possible to have the best rig i can get to last for 4 years.
Sean: Those power supplies you have chosen there are fairly small, will they be capable of 2x or even 3/4x gpu's in the future?
Im really sorry for all the hassle guys, just wanna try to get the best bang for my buck that i can, i REALLY appreciate all the suggestions and help
no getting amd cpu with better gpu won't work..cpu will be a bottleneck for the gpu. unless you overclock. but in the end why get amd cpu when i5 750 is 198 dollars and OWNS every amd cpu
get i5 750 build or even i7 920 build
Ya but from what i can see the AMD cpu that i thought on has a higher base clock rate and from what ive read can easily hit over 4ghz, 2x as much l2 cache, and only 2mb less l3 cache, and 70$ less then a I7 920 Would there be a bottleneck at that speed?
dude what are you talking about. EASILY 4GHZ+? which amd cpu?
don't try to test my knowledge if that's what you're trying to do here..
base clock doesn't mean anything because it's different architecture(amd vs intel) so you cant compare base clock, but you can compare PERFORMANCE by looking at what websites review...like this one..
l2 cache don't matter at this point, maybe on AMD's part, but on intel its all about l3 on the i5 and i7.
again, you've missed my point get i5 750 at under 200 dollars > any amd cpus, but if you are sli/crossfire in future get i7 920.
Im talking about the Phenom II x4 965 black edition The one i have as possible buy in my first post....and based on an old tomshardware article i looked up just now it actually got over 10fps higher in left 4 dead, slightly better in GTA, and it lost to the 920 in Farcry 2.... Article
Im not trying to test your knowledge...im just trying to get the best gaming pc i can possibly get for 1500$. Im not an AMD or an INTEL fan so im not letting that influence my choice here....
for the first build the cooler was fine , not for the second upgraded build .
and ur still trying to create commotion like an idiot spewing his crap ...sigh ... ppl never learn .u see anything that could be improved on in that build tecmo?
Your build looks very good! I do agree with overshocks that a 5850 might be a better choice for the OP's resolution.
The little fight aside, very nice build guys, thanks. Im pretty much set on getting this! I do have 3 questions tho...once again im sorry >< Lots and lots of questions from me lol
1) The ram. I noticed the motherboard has 6 slots for ram, so is it possible if i wanted to in the future buy a second set of sticks like those and have them both in for 12gb? Or is there some sort of capability issue?
2) Is 750w a large enough PSU to crossfire 5870s without any power issues?
3) Is it possible that my 3d Aurora case will be able to handle this beast? If i could take that case off and redirect it towards upgrading the psu or something else to make it even better would be cool. Just a question tho!
Once again...thanks for the suggestions and advice. Hopefully this will be the last round of questions i have for you guys