APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early next year (January-April latest, most likely be late january or early Feb though)
BUDGET RANGE: anything under $1300 is great, though i'm willing to give or take a bit
(It's actually under $1500 AUD as i live in Sydney, so australian prices on parts is even better, though not necessary)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, schoolwork, browsing through interne (email and stuff), movies and music
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, DVD drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: im dont know any
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sydney, Australia
PARTS PREFERENCES I'd like to use intel and windows 7 64bit as an OS
OVERCLOCKING: i dont know how to overclock right now, but i might learn later. Guides on how to OC anyone?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not in the initial purchase, but i might when upgrading later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using a samsung SyncMaster 2233sw 22 inch LCD monitor, i think it supports up to 1920 X 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i'd like room for future upgrades, if possible i don't really want to change my case, HDD (because i dont generally use a lot of space) and PSU for future upgrades, mobo i'm willing to replace if i have to.
Right now, after weeks of research, i got together a list of parts that i chose, plz give me suggestions on what u think on this
So the ones i'm not too sure about is the GPU, case, HSF, thermal paste and any additional fans that i need
Right now i'm thinking of getting the ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB just because it has DX 11 support
in the future i might crossfire this
Other good GPU that i found around this price range is the GTX 260, 275 or the 4890, but with DX 11 coming very soon, i just don't feel like it's a safe investment
With the case, i read a lot of good reviews for the CoolerMaster HAF 922 and the 932
what u guys think? is there better cases out there around this price range?
can both of them fit the 5970?
Do i need to buy an additional HSF to replace the stock?
Do i also need another thermal paste?
do i need to add extra fans to the case?
^ If your PC is mainly for gaming, you should be looking at the i5 750/ i7 860...they would reduce the platform cost to a great extent and you can invest the money saved on a more powerful graphics card - HD 5850 or above...
HDD - Samsung F3 500GB will be a solid option..
As for your questions,
CASE - Both the HAFs are very good options...and Yes both should be able to fit the HD 5970.
Other questions -
HSF - Not required to buy an aftermarket HSF if you wont be overclocking...but it is highly recommended to buy one as you might overclock - A good option - CM Hyper 212
Thermal Paste - The stock paste are not good and if you buy an aftermarket HSF, you would need to buy one(Sometimes comes with the aftermarket HSF)
Options - Noctua NH1, MX-2, TX-2
Extra fans - For a CM HAF, I doubt you would need one...
I've also been looking at that website but the problem is that they don't really have a wide selection of products
i was thinking building the i7 860 but ive been reading that intel's future cpus are going to be the 1366 sockets instead of the 1156 ones. upgrading GPUs are a lot cheaper than upgrading mobos i think...
but chosing the 860 would save me around 200 buks or so and as u said, i can get a 5850 or i'm thinking of crossfiring 2 5770 because i read in an article somewhere this website that 2 5770 would be more powerfl than a single 5850
Does anyone recommend getting the Nvidia ones? cuz i havent heard of them recently
so yea, now i got 2 options
option A, an i7 920, X58 mobo, 6 GB RAM in triple channel, a HD 5770
option B, an i7 860, p55 mobo, 4 GB RAM in dual channel, a HD 5850
even more questions
anyone know a good retailer in Sydney?
How is this PC going to do in terms of gaming, will i be able to play games like modern warfare 2 at high settings in 1920 X 1080?
What are some good brands for gpus?
Do i need sound cards?
^ Yes you would get 6-core CPUs for the LGA 1366...but they would demand a very high price premium...and you will surely get CPUs for the1156 no doubt this will be a mainstream socket and the 1136 a high end one...
And as for performance difference, check this... http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/16729/1/