Hello everyone - I'm in the final stages of choosing the components for my PC build after spending the better part of the long Christmas weekend reading reviews, watching youtube video reviews, and comparing costs.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week (the closer the better)
BUDGET RANGE: Less than $1500 (I'd rather stay away from rebates - I hate them)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mostly WoW), Home Theater PC, Web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor and speakers. I have a Soundblaster 7.1 channel card with a remote. OS (I already have Windows 7 Professional ready to install).
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (isn't that where all the cool kids shop?), Amazon
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (I still can't tell if a single newer GPU is better than SLI/Crossfired dual GPUs)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is going to sit in my living room, so it should be reasonably quiet.
What are your opinions? I need help in choosing my GPU preference. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I'm not planning on upgrading for another 5 years (I've had my current DELL XPS Gen 3 for about 5 years). Also, what do you think about my boot-drive options?
Also, my reference machine is a Alienware Aurora, which I can get for about $1500 with all these options. But I like the satisfaction of building my own! And I think the Alienware case is too childish for being in the living room.
The EVGA 757 motherboard is a white elephant. It cant do x16/x16 sli/crossfire. It is only useful if you will put 3 graphics cards in SLI/xfire or 3 GPUs plus a dedicated Physx card. Drop to the 756 or go up to the 758.
I would go with a 5770, which is 50% faster than the 5750 or with a 5850, which is twice as fast.
Velociraptors are outdated. The new 500GB platter 7200 RPM drives are faster. Samsung F3 is the best of them. WD only has a 2TB drive with 500GB platters right now.
I would stick with the HAF 922 or Antec 902/900. You dont need a full tower if you are not installing over 4 HDDs or the long top end graphics cards like the 5870/5970/295.
30GB is not big enough for a boot SSD. Also at that size its probably an older, slower model. Check out the Articles - Storage for a review of the newer faster SSDs.
Thanks. That motherboard info is new to me, and I wouldn't have known about it until after I bought it. That's why forums like this are so GREAT!
I'm not planning on using two graphics cards, so I'll just downgrade to the EVGA 756.
About the graphics cards - I checked out the benchmarks for the 5770 and noted that it is essentially equal in power to the 4870. Should I go for the older generation 4870 considering all the driver issues may have already been sorted out? The 5770 and the 4870 are about the same price. How important is Direct X11 nowadays anyway - especially since I will not be playing the "latest" games.
The 5770 drivers will get better, improving its performance over the next year regardless of DX11. The 5770 gives you the option of playing with DX11 in the future at at the same price so why get the older card? The 5770 also uses much less power and is much quieter. You can save money by dropping to a 550W PSU if you are running a 5770 (550W should run a pair of 5770s, but only one 4870).
Thanks dndhatcher for all the advice. I just bought the following components and am eager to get started.
$169.99 - Motherboard - ASRock X58 Extreme
$179.99 - Graphics Card - XFX Radeon HD 5770
$69.99 (AR) - Power Supply - OCZ ModXStream 700W
$94.99 - Hard Drive - WD Caviar Black 1TB, 7200RPM and 32MB cache - I bought two at this price for RAID 1.
Newegg also had a combo discount of $20 for buying the GPU and PSU together. I may not have bought the top-of-the-line, but I bought the most bang-for-the-buck. And all items come VERY highly reviewed.
I have a friend picking up an i7-920 processor and 6GB of RAM from a Microcenter, which for some reason sells the processors for $90 less than anywhere else. He will check the package to make sure it is D0 step, but frankly I don't care since I'm not planning to do any major overclocks.