SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: , gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, os
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or TD
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences
OVERCLOCKING: CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future see additional comments
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x90
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Im looking to build a pc that will run most games well at 1440x900, but i would like this to be somewhat future proof if possible. I was thinking of going the AMD route with something like a 5770 because it seems like a good card, and slapping in another 5770 later on when i bump up to my higher res monitor because obviously its not worth it at 1440x900. I would have gone with the 1156 socket but i just dont think it's possible at this budget. So basically i want this to be decent for now, and then throw in a new most likely am3 cpu and video card down the line. Thanks.
CPU: Athlon II X3 425
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO Combo with CPU for $164 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55
PSU/Optical: OCZ StealthXStream 700W Combo with SATA DVD burner for $69 after rebate
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $60
GPU: HD 5770 $115 after rebate
Total: $618. There are probably additional combos out there.
thanks for the reply, those are pretty much the parts i was thinking. I was looking at the 435 instead of the 425 but it really doesnt matter to me. When it comes to GPU's however i can go with one HD 5770 or get 4850x2 in crossfire(because my friend has one laying around) but would the 4850's give me a better experience if i played at 1920x1080 now and then upgrading in a year or two to a better single GPU? price wise its only 99$ which is nice.
The 4850s would give you better performance, and since that option is much cheaper, I would do that.
With the $50 saved, I would definitely upgrade the case to an HAF 922. While this won't affect performance, it will affect the ability to upgrade. The HAF will be able to fit the longer GPUs, while the Antec will not, allowing you to upgrade to a beefy GPU whenever you need to.
thanks much, when it comes to crossfire most major games support it right? im really looking to play most steam games and FF14 when it comes out but if ill have alot of issues with it i might opt for the 5770. Also the cards that will be in crossfire need to be the same brand or no?