If a brand is of similar or better quality to the above, I will use it
Need : Case and PSU
Processor : (Tri or Quad core)
Ram : At least 4 gb
Video Card : At least a 5770
HD : At least 500 gb
MB : I want a 790 chipset (or something with market longevity)
Uses : Gaming and Multitasking (such as using Matlab and browsing the web while listening to music)
Basically, I am following the guidelines of the Tomshardware "Best CPU for the money" and "Best GPU for the money" articles in that I want to upgrade my computer at least 3 tiers higher.
This being so, I believe I need to get a Radeon 5850 to do so. My CPU is so old that I could get one for 90 bucks that is way more then 3 tiers higher.
I would prefer it if the computer was below 900 dollars. The only other problem is that I want to be able to upgrade my PC over the next few years, and I want it to be capable of running most games at well above recommended.
The other option would be to get a cheap enough gaming/multitasking PC and just getting a new core setup in 1-1.5 years. If I get a 5870 graphics card, then I could just transfer it to my new core setup.
I am torn between getting an Athlon II X4, a Phenom II X3 and Phenom II X4. Basically, more money on a processor means less money on a video card. Its a hard choice. Also, more money on a graphics card means I can use it if I replace the core setup (MB and Proc) in the next year or so.
Thanks guys. I am getting an Phenom II X3 720. That narrowed it down alot. I am a student, and I use Matlab alot for my job as an RA. Thing is, I can connect to a cluster to do any significant computations, so really all I need is a CPU for gaming.
Phenom II 955
Asus EVO 790X
Corsair XMS 1600 DDR3
Western Digital Black 500 GB
2 x XFX 5770's in Crossfire
I went with crossfire because I heard that two 5770s are better than a 5870 in some cases, and it saved me 50 bucks.
It ended up going over my budget a little with the cost of the OS, but boy am I happy with it. They were doing some really good deals at Microcenter, so I got everything for a little less than NewEgg prices.
I originally went with OCZ 1600 Obsidian, DO NOT USE THAT RAM. Its known for having multiple issues. I was getting BSODs quite a bit. When I checked into the issue, I found out many people were having the same problem. It has a high failure rate, and It wont clock up to 1600. I had to clock it down to 1033 to make it work. Then, it worked fine for about three days until the BSODs started happening again. I understand it may have been faulty from the start, but the problem is that many, many others complain about the overzealous clock rating on this ram. This time, I just took the RAM back and exchanged it for Corsair. I did a memtest and everything appears to be working fine.