APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Black friday or After Christmas BUDGET RANGE: comes to around $830 Before rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Gaming, and surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm buying from Newegg
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1. Will prices go down A LOT after Christmas?
2. I've never done this before and I want to make sure everything will go smoothly. really nervous about spending this much money, especially by Credit card over the internet.
Aha for AM3 platforms an overlooked solution for the "wait n see" crowd is:
DIY with an IGP chipset i.e 790GX/785G and have a functional 24/7 rig whilst awaiting the arrival of bigger better GPUs A suggested solution
Graphics card - I would suggest this one
XFX HD 5770 - Though it is slower than that HD 4890, but it wont matter much at that resolution...Still would be an overkill for that resolution...And later on when you upgrade your monitor, upgrade to crossfire...
thanks for all the replies. actually i was planning on buying a monitor within the next few months with 1680 by 1050 rez like this one and what i meant when i said "eventually" about upgrading to crossfire, i meant only when i need too, like when newer games start pushing my GPU to its limits. won't the HIS 4890 be a good card for the money and eventual crossfire? id like to keep my budget under $850
Well one solution is cheap out for GPU based on your current resolution/LCD but still get fine frames (1024 x 768 = lol) and when u do upgrade that display your money could prolly but better tech/frames for the same money today hehe As a rough idea; i have clients on HD3300/4200 integrated video (790gx/785g mobos) on that resolution @@
^ +1...The onboard on the 790GX comes with 128MB vRAM...So hold your graphic card purchase and when you upgrade your monitor, upgrade directly to HD 5850, rather than the HD 4890...The reason is you wouldn't want to have 2 DirectX 10 cards when DirectX 11 becomes mainstream...But its your call though...
^ By end of this year, when availability improves, you should be able to get them sub ~$250...
And HD 5850 crossfire wont be required for that 1680X1050 resolution...
Or you could choose to go with HD 5770 - ~$165 and it can still perform very good at 1680X1050 resolution and adding 1 more later would give very good performance later on...
thank you so much. i just started with all this computer stuff in the last few months because of an A+ class im taking. before that i didn't even know what a hard drive was (no exageration.....) its more fun than i ever would have expected and the community on this site has been so encouraging and helpful