I'm attempting to build a cheap PC for gaming only, and I was wondering if anyone could have a quick look at what I've put together and offer any input regarding pitfalls, advice, and/or recommendations. Here are the details...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week. BUDGET RANGE: $600-850 USD After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.
OVERCLOCKING: I'm open to it. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I'm open to not using it, however the build I included does include using Crossfire.
The 4890 will give you better performance, but it doesn't support directx 11 or eyefinity. These features aren't being used right now (unless you want three monitors) and directx 11 won't become the norm for a few years, and even then, directx 10 will still be supported. In short, by the time directx 11 becomes standard, you will want to upgrade your gpu anyway (unless you get an HD 5800 series, but they're very hard to find).
If you can afford to spend say about ~$200 after 6 months or so on graphics card, then certainly go with the HD 4890 for now and later on when DirectX 11 becomes mainstream, upgrade your graphics card...
Well, I've got my PC all built, but I'm not getting any power to my hard drive or CD-ROM (SATA connection). When I go into the BIOS, it just says "not detected". Everything else seems to be working properly. Any ideas?