APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime after january 15 BUDGET RANGE: $700-825 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming,schoolwork(mostly word, internet surfing/movie buffering, movie watching)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type ( I would like to use an AMD CPU(cheaper and a mid tower)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: if makes sense in build maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: no clue havn't bought one but i have included one in build
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: im wondering if i should wait for fermi to come out to see if the radeon cards go down to compete, same with clarckdale cpu vs amd cpus. i was also wondering if it is safe to buy an os key off of ebay
here is what i have come up with so far, please crtique
Excellent mobo for a budget AMD build. Overall good selection. The only thing you're gonna need real bad is another 2 gigs of ram cuz regardless of how fast the gpu is, you're bottlenecked by ram = constant disk swapping = slowdowns.
The key thing in a gaming pc is the GPU cuz most games are GPU-limited, as long as the CPU is 2.6Ghz or faster than the games' recommended cpus. The only exception to the rule is quad-core-intensive games like GTA4, FSX, newer RTS, etc.
If I were you, I'd spent as much money on the GPU as the budget allows AFTER factoring in the barebone parts. To answer your Q, it'd be the 5850 build hands down.
Hi peoples. um im pissed that windows 7 is so expensive. I thought i was gonna get the os for free from a friend but unfortunately im not. with all the money im gonna spend i can't afford windows 7. That leaves two options(other than pirateing which i refuse to do) first i can run a free os such as a linux. This would require some research to find the best free one. Im more leaning towards my second option which is building a hackintosh. I want to know your expieriences with it and if my build is compatable. Thanks Again, irule9000
If you're a student, you can get W7 for less than $50. Ask the bookstore. Or you can take only 1 class at a college, and get the same deal.
If you want the best linux, I don't think it exists, but I love www.ubuntu.com cuz of their sheer size of support, community and bi-yearly releases. The distro is based off of debian which is a very polished one. Good thing is ubuntu manages all the software so you can update it like you do in windows.
Gaming on Linix is complete fail. Don't spend all this money on a gaming machine and then go with an OS that doesn't have a fraction of the game support as Win7.
Are you sure you need to spend 30 on a wireless PCI? And if cost is such a concern, why are you going with an XFire capable setup? You can get a good Gigabyte MoBo for 60 bucks, save money getting a 500W psu, and you probably will need to go down to 5770, although really try to get at least 5850. The Win7 upgrade cost can't be _that_ expensive...