@p55ibexpeak: I wouldn't call it low-end. Low-end implies that you'd put it in a budget build, and you certainly either wouldn't fit a 5770 in a budget build, or put it in builds above that range. IMO, low end would be basically anything that doesn't support DX 11.
It's certainly not a high end machine, but not just because of the CPU. It's not high because of the 2 GB of RAM, the 5770 AND the CPU. Almost every build has 4 GB of RAM at least. Any gaming build under $1,000 (which I would call mid budget) would have either the HD 5850 or the i5-750 (with a USB 3/SATA III motherboard).
At best, I would call it a mid budget (albeit on the lower end of mid) gaming build. To be on the higher end (for gaming), I would say that you'd need to at least spend at least $900 on those parts alone. That means an i5, a USB 3/SATA 3 board (like the Asus P7P55D-E Pro at $190), 4 GB 1600 mhz CL 7 RAM, and at least the HD 5870. To be high end for anything that's not gaming, you'd need at least an i7-920.
Well my plan was a budget build, im not much of a gamer. The build was mostly concentrated on runing 3d design applications and some games. Im working on a 22" Samsung monitor 1600x...
Most of ppl i know and that work in the design comunity said that main CPU and GC CPU have to be quick. Since i dont like paying 600$ for a processor im not going with intel, quads have failed vs Phenom on many tests, only i5 and inc i7 will be ofc better. The CPU on 5770 is a 850Mgz factory clocked processor. But as i have seen over some reviews, 4890 is stil packing more power... Is it coz of the 128 memory interface?
The 5770 will handle that resolution easily, but that doesn't make it a high end system.
As for the CPU/GPU being quick, you really got neither. The Phenoms are great budget friendly options, but are not power house CPUs. Core 2 Quads are below the Phenoms in tests, but that's because they're like 3-4 years old. They're also on the older DDR2 builds. Here are some benchmarks for the i7-920, i5-750, one of the QX9xxxs, the X4 965 and the Q9550. The two older Intel quads are pretty close to the X4 in performance, but they are older and not recommended for that fact.
The 4890 is more powerful because of it's 256-bit memory. The 5xxx series is, at it's base, an update of the previous generation of cards. Because of new technology, they all out perform the card they were based on. The 5770 was based on a lesser card (the exact one escapes me right now), and the new tech couldn't catch up to the better starting point.
EDIT: And it shouldn't be the third from the top of performances. I can name at least 5 that should be ahead of it (5970, 5870, 5850, 4890, 4870). And that's only on the ATI side of the competition...
Well 59xx,58xx are all high end, ofc there is also 4890 vapor and 4870 but im in mainstream city for now, well, here is a list of games i play so u know what i mean by i dont need awesomeness, X3 TC, football manager -_- ,PES and galciv, i dont like most of the games coz graphics took the good gameplay away... Im sure by the looks of it Admiral that 5770 can handle those games with a perfect score. But im stil doubtfull about getting 4890 or 5770 vapor ( the 4890 vapor-x by what ive seen is not that good, those 2GB just dont seem more powerfull than 1GB 4890 original. So what do you suggest 5770 vapor x or 4890, it all has to fit inside a 550W PSU
I have a great HT Chieftec metal case, have 1 I/O vents and one side vent facing my CPU, dont remember the model name but its been quite hot 3 years ago.
Only need those 4 compenents and im done. The shop i intend to buy the parts has mediocre prices but ads one extra year of garantee for all components so im not going after the cheapest solution here. The i5 750 in the shop im buying cost 270$ : s
Asus M4A79XTD EVO is 180$ and i was meaning to buy it. the MBO from 2 previous 2 posts is from a obsolete shoping list that i made before so i just c/p-ed it without thinking that its not supporting 1600DDR3, sry about that : S