i'm looking to buy this between now and christmas, and my highest budget is $800. i'm also waiting to see what black friday/cyber monday deals pop up. (anyone know which day generally has better deals?)
i already have keyboard,mouse, and monitor. my dell xps from 2004 just died so i am in need in a new one
i would prefer to use newegg to purchase all or most of my parts, and i don't think i'll be overclocking my card, unless i feel i need to
just as a point of reference, i'm looking to run games like crysis on highest settings.
if you have any suggestions as to lowering the price (currently $781) or just anything in general, i would greatly appreciate them
Graphics: 5770 or 4890, depends on you. 5770 has dx11 and less power consumption whereas 4890 has better performance. Do you plan on crossfiring in the future? If NOT, I would recommend the 4890. If so, then I'd get the 5770 as I've heard raves about how well xf 5770s perform.
Processor: IMO, downgrade or upgrade. I know you are opposed to overclocking but you could easily tickle the fsb settings or multiplier and get 3.4 from a 955. That said, phenoms ARE overclocking processors. They come with unlocked multipliers to make overclockers happy. If you are reaaaaaalllly opposed to overclocking, I would (imo) shell out $15 more for an i5 and get an intel mobo.
So, to overclock = get an i5
And, to overlock = save $20 and get a 955, overclock to what you're comfortable with.
Motherboard & PSU: I'll talk about your options for mobo & psu dependently. Your PSU choice is excellent but you won't need that all that extra wattage if you aren't planning to XF (which may be the case now that I've seen your mobo choice). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also has a $20 MIR, saving you almost $20 bucks.
[Note that with 1 card, you don't even need 650w, its just that the corsair 550w on newegg only has a $10 MIR, so their 650w psu would definitely be the better deal; this is just corsair too]
You can go even lower with this psu, $40 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
IMO, corsair manufactures awesome psu... but its awesomeness, while appreciated with 1 vid card, isn't really necessary. I wouldn't trust any other brand when in XF/SLI though. So you sacrifice some quality, but OCZ isn't that bad either :].
IF you do plan to get another video card (which i hope would be a 5770 if you take my previous advice), then the corsair 650 will also suffice. Remember, 5770s are more efficient and less power hungry than 4890s.
And if that's the case, then you'll need a SLI capable board.
I think a single 5770 will not achieve the goal of playing crysis at max settings. a pair will do much better if you can swing it. I agree with vznoobie that if that's your goal, I might cut a few corners like moving to an athlon x4 620 for $100 and start figuring out a way to get a second 5770.
no i have no plans to xf so i'll be going with the 4890. i like the idea of overclocking the processor so the 955 looks like a good deal, and so does the athlon. since i'm going for best performance i'll go for the better motherboard
and yes! i originally was looking at caviar blacks but they went quickly. but lucky you