So this will be my first build and I am just seeking advice. I think I have a set up that will be good for me as I only have a budget of $500 right now. My little brother pieced together the computer I am using now and it has died. I plan on using a few parts from it ( Case, psu, video card ). So here's a list of parts I have put together. I use it mainly to surf the net check mail and game. I'm not a huge extreme pc gamer but when I see a game I like I want to be able to play it with no troubles. Will this be a good build that will last a couple years?
ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
1. You do not want to crossfire 4350s. Its not powerful enough to really leverage crossfire well. The 4350 is a low-power card intended for HD video and the like. You should sell or give it to some else when you have the money for a new card. The 4350 only gets a windows score of 3.6ish.
The minimum gaming card you should consider is a 4650--although I would advise you to push up to a 4670($70)/9800GT($80) at least. In a gaming system the single most important component is the graphics card.
3. I agree that you can get much better power for the price with an AMD build. In your price range you could get a triple core Athlon that would age much better than a dual core. (or the athlon II x4 is a good option too)
thanks guys i think i will go with an amd setup. how bout this one?
-MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X Motherboard $99.99
-AMD Phenom II x2 550 Black Edition $99.00
-G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4gb (2x2gb) 240 pin DDR3 1600 $93.99
-Xfx Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128bit $79.99
-Antec 410w PSU ( Already have )
-Sony optical drive w/ lightscribe ( Trading for old 4350 )
-Hitachi Deskstar 7200rpm ( Trading for old 4350 )
-Midtower ATX case with side window ( Already have )
Will this be a good setup? Probably gonna run windows xp x64 for now, but i think im gonna get Windows 7. I usually play older games but am thinking of getting dragon age origins, how well will it run on this setup? Also will this be a good card to go crossfire with along with an antec 650w psu?