SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multitasking, media, school
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, need everything else
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Phenom II X4 955
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: crispy.....
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want this build to be upgradeable. going to be installing windows 7 and using a 22 inch lcd monitor. Games i will be playing are assassins creed 2, battlefield BC2, L4D2, dragon age, team fortress 2. Smooth frame rate is a big thing for me, main reason im getting a gaming pc is because of crappy console frame rates
Get a 955 as you said. Pair it up with a mid-end Asus or Gigabyte motherboard. Pick the best ATI graphics card your budget allows for (likely a 4890). Get a good quality, not overly expensive case like the Antec 300 illusion. Add good quality RAM (ddr3 1333MHz with a decent latency offers the best price/performance on the market). Don't skimp on your¨PSU. A Corsair or Antec (not the Basiq line if you go with Antec!) in the 600w area is ideal.
Right now there is no AMD upgrade from a 955. Given your budget, the 955 is probably too much. A PH2x3 720 would give you the same gaming performance and leave some money for more important components like the GPU.
If your monitor is 1680x1050 then an ATI 5770 is a good graphics card. The above mentioned motherboard allows crossfire so you could add a second 5770 later if you get a larger monitor.
November 25, 2009 6:47:23 PM
heres what i had
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX -
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Those are all good choices. The only thing I see is that you mentioned wanting to leave Crossfire open as an option, but the 550W PSU will not power Crossfire 4890's. You'd want a quality 750W PSU if you really are trying to leave the option of Crossfire 4890's open.
You may also want to consider the HD 5770 as mentioned above.
November 25, 2009 7:09:50 PM
okay i prob get the 5770 for crossfire maybe down the line. I also see that BC2 support direct x11?
can you suggest a good power supply to replace mine? Would you recommend any other changes?