APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks or so BUDGET RANGE: Around $650-$750 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST IMPORTANT TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multitasking, Software Development, Internet Browsing PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Software, OS, Video Card, Aftermarket coolers PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I usually go with Newegg, but I'd be fine with whatever is cheaper COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US PARTS PREFERRED: No preference OVERCLOCKING: I don't know a whole lot about overclocking, but maybe sometime down the road SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Nope MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1650x1050 COMMENTS: This is my first time building a computer. The computer I use now is almost 4 years old, and I figure its time for me to build a system. I'm pretty sure all of the parts I chose work together, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm mainly looking for a system to run all my computer games on the highest settings with no problem. I'd also be using this computer for development and graphics design.
multi poster here. sorry.. but why black edition i mean are u planning on oc'ing?
In this day of green im for under clocking and saving power.. go antec true 400 and spend less on ur processor but more on ur video card...
I know these days things are more processor driven but ... what ev.
def go 5 series on ur radeon. I havent seen any benchmarks of the 5's vs the high 4s but ur looking at similar pipelines but able to handle dx11
ok this time i actualy eddited..
so I just built a system am3 based and im very happy with it.. my regrets were not going with a radeon 5770+ and not getting a ssd for my system hard drive..
I dont care what people say.. I have a net book and a fast ssd can make the biggest dif in a system.
Get a 30ish gig ssd is my rec.. And I HIGHLY recomend runcore. then just get a cheap sata hd as ur storage device.. set all ur temp folders and cache folders on the ssd.
Ok. Since multitasking is #2 on your list, I agree that a quadcore is the way to go. Since gaming is #1, you may want to keep the L3 cache, but if budget becomes a concern, you can get an Athlon II X4 Propus.
At your stated resolution, I don't think there's any need to replace your video card. You can always do that in a year or two if necessary.. As a rule, a quality 500W-550W PSU can run any single GPU. Silverstone has some quality PSUs, but I'm not sure that's one of them, seeing as it is not 80+ certified. The PSU is not the place to be cheap, but you can save money with a 500W Antec Earthwatts or Corsair VX-550. If you'd like a little more headroom and a step up in quality, get an 80+ bronze 550W Antec Truepower New: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $70 after MIR and $10 promo code. Crossfire is not an option on the mobo you selected, so you won't need anything bigger.
Get a 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 for better performance. If you need additional data storage, you can always add another drive.
Personally, every one of the half dozen DIFFERENT Coolermaster cases I ever bought (even my RC690) had minor quality issues. I just got tired of it. Cases are such a personal item, but over $50 I'd probably go for Antec now, or maybe try NZXT. At the bottom end, I've had only good results from cheap Rosewill cases.
I just finished building a system with the same mobo and ram you are looking at. I also got the 955be, but got the mbox rather than the ibox with the c3 stepping as its only $10 more, (and I got a nice combo deal on it with my gpu). Anyway, I have no complaints about any of those three items, they all work perfect and I have had no issues what so ever up to this point, so I would highly recommed them to anyone looking to build on a tight budget. I will agree with the other posters though, anything above 550w psu is overkill for your system, (though later on down the road that may not be a bad thing when it's time to upgrade again). I am running a 4890 in my system and my 550w is well more than enough to get the job done. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.