APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Immediately BUDGET RANGE: $1200 or less
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and Movies. Primarily Eve Online, some EQ2, SupCom, random RPGs. Would like to be able to run at least 2 instances of games, along with several subsidiary programs, internet windows, and watch movies at the same time. Will be using 2 monitors, possibly games on both.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything with the exception of keyboard and mouse. Please tell me if I'm forgetting anything, thermal paste, adapters, whatever.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Prefer Newegg, would like to make this one order. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Core i7, unless there's something better for gaming and multitasking
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe. Not set on any video card, suggestions?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As far as the case goes, a smaller case would be better. The person I'm building this for saw a system i built with the HAF 932 and considers that far too large, so anything you could recommend for a smaller, cheaper case that will meet the cooling and space requirements would be appreciated.
I'm also looking for a 24" widescreen monitor that will be used with this computer, though it is not included in the $1200 price limit. Any recommendations or good deals?
I guess you're not going to need the 1tb so get a cheaper hdd, like this one,it's a 500gb but if you need more space you can just add another hdd later.
The difference from a i5 and a i7 is basically hyperthreading.
As you are using the computer basically for gaming you are not editing photos, videos or running any higher-end software applications (where hyperthreading would get advantage) so you can just get i5 that it will do just fine.
Don't get a ASRock motherboard, they're not known by making good motherboards, get this ASUS motherboard instead.
As you're getting a P55 motherboard which is dual channel you should get 2 sticks of ram not 3, 3 is for triple channel (1366 motherboards)so for the ram get this one.
And REALLY don't get a IDE optical drive!!!!! Get a sata optical drive
2x 5770 would be close to a 5870, I think the best option would be a $40 cheaper, singles gpu solution, 1 5850, it will play every thing now, and on the future when it get like closer to $100 you can just buy another one.xD
Ok, I updated the fit using the Gigabyte motherboard, and I went with 2 sets of the RAM you suggested. Thanks for pointing out the 2 channel thing. The hdd has been reduced to 500gb, and the dvd drive changed to SATA. The price went up a little bit, because I didn't want to drop from 6gb to 4, so I went up to 8 instead. Oh well. I would prefer to go with 1 of the HD 5850's, but they seem to be out of stock everywhere, and I'd like to get this ordered tomorrow. So, anything other suggestions or things that I'm missing? Thanks!
Echoing the concern about GFX card slots, if you're Xfiring and your board can't support 3 cards, make sure you never want a 3rd card for say a dedicated PhysX card to play Batman or other PhysX titles.
Heh, yeah, the 5850' do seem to be going in and out of stock. I'll just have to try to order while they're still in.
As far as the PSU, the online calculator i used indicated that even if I went with 2 5850's, the recommended wattage would still only be 377W, so I'm hoping the 650W PSU will be sufficient, since I'm already over budget.
I'm showing that CAS 7 ram at $120 a set, so I'm gonna have to stick with what I've got.
Also, would you be able to recommend a MB that would have a free PCI express slot in a xfire setup that isn't going to cost any more? I don't think that physx is going to be as big an issue for the user as price, but I'd be willing to consider alternatives. Thanks!