i'm a gamer (sort of) and i'm having nightmares about getting the perfect configuration for an amazing gaming rig.
please help me out..
somebody told me that AMD processors are good than INTEL for gaming.. is this true? please suggest the perfect config. for an extreme pc.. i'm even looking forward to overclocking.. also suggest the motherboard that should go along with a powerful processor for power packed gaming..
What resolution will you be playing at? Once you are at about 1920x1080 the limit is on the GPU so a Phenom II x4 or a core i5 or core i7 will all end up within 5 FPS of each other. It really depends on your budget and whether you intend to do other CPU intensive tasks with your rig, if you plan to do some video encoding too then one of the new intel processors would do better. But for gaming alone there isnt much of a performance difference between an intel and an AMD processor.
What pricerange are you looking at?
You kinda need to give us that information unless you don't have one. In which case get two 5970s in crossfire with an intel i7 975 extreme edition for a cost of $2400 for the CPU and graphics cards alone.
If you have a reasonable budget I agree with unknown 13. With a couple exceptions.
1. A single GPU will provide more consistent performance across more games. You could save $80 on the motherboard if you decide to go with a single 5870 instead.
2. An 850W power supply is more than you'll need for sure. Even if you decide to get two 5770 a good antec, OCZ or corsair 600W power supply will be more than enough.
I'm pretty sure that 8x/8x mode does not reduce performance by a significant amount even if you have two 5870s. It certainly will be no measurable with two 5770s
Why don't you start out by pointing out what budget you are looking at, what games you will be played, what kind of HD...i or p...because for 1080i you can buy a 6800 ultra for 20bucks and it will be fine. 1080p is a different story. What expectations do you have from this computer? longevity?, upgradability, overclocking, bragging...?
the main features that i'll be requiring are basically overclocking and performance.. performance strictly for gaming purposes.. and thanks to unknown 13.. the budget is about 1100$.. maybe 1300$ but not more than that for sure.. so will the configuration that UNKNOWN 13 mentioned be worth it?