Okay, I've built a few computers, but now I want to get as MUCH as possible out of my computer, for the cash I'm willing to spend.
So there fore, I'm turning to my fellow friends here at tom's.
Budget: around 1500 €, 2100 $, 16'000 SEK or 1340 £. Approx. Purchase date: Last week in february, since I get my fat paycheck then. System Usage: Mostly gaming. But I'm also in to film making (Game movies etc) so I use alot of Adobes' softwares. Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, Soundsystem, monitor & OS. Basicly I just want the computer hardware inside the chassi. Preferred website for parts etc:www.komplett.se - Swedish. But since that one is swedish, use any website you like, and I'll find matching prices & parts on swedish site's. Parts Preferences: I'm up for anything. Just not some crappy ***. Overclocking: Maybe. Never done it before, but if the cooling is good, I might tweak it abit. Sli-Crossfire: Your build, your choice. Monitor resolution: atm 1680x1050, cuz my screen can't handle anything more, but I want a card that can handle atleast 1080p. Additional comments: Build anything you like, chose what YOU would've bought for my budget. But I would like a realy small computer with alot of POWER. Like an mATX case. But might get to hot?
My current setup:
AMD phenom Q9500, 2.2 ghz
4x 1 GB PC-6400 Corsair
MSI K9A2 CF-F
Asus GeForce 8600 GTS silent
400 W PSU
What I'll keep from the old stuff is Saitek keyboard, IME 3.0 and Logitech Z-5500 sound system. Will buy a new monitor later on.
If i've forgotten anything, or my english ain't that good, dont hesitate to ask.
I will live in this thread for the next few days.
obsidians first build is pretty much spot on, the scout case is a nice and compact case without being restrictive.
if you dont need the OS, id say to put the saved cash toward a 5870 GPU instead of the 5850.
gaming performance is better on LGA1156 (assuming you aren't going to need the extra PCIe lanes) so id say to stick with that. it also seems to be intels primary platform for new CPUs, with it being the first to get 32nm processor tech.
from the sounds of it fermi is expected to perform similarly to ATIs 5 series but are said to run very hot. to the point where SLI is impossible without specialized ventilation.
im sure they will be good cards, but they will be much more expensive than ATI cards for a fair while. so they are likely to be a bad choice for at least a few months. and if these heat issues prove to be true, they may be a bad choice altogether.
Yeah, the scuttlebutt is that they will run pretty hot. Hopefully not so hot that you can't SLI without uber cooling.
I think as long as you get one of the new DX11 cards you'll be fine, since it seems that many devs will be using DX11 in the near future. Just not a lot of games out right now supporting it (Dirt 2 comes to mind).