Power Supply-Antec Earthwatts 750 Watt Modular PSU-$109.99
(While i will certainly agree that this is far more power than necessary for the current build, consider that i will be adding a second video card as soon as i can afford it.)
Video Card-Sapphire 4860 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5-129.99
(I am VERY concerned with this selection as of right now, but the 5 series cards do not justify their costs in this price range compared to the 4 series. Any other suggestions in the 100-140 price range would be very appreciated.)
to be on the safe side, assume that there is up to $35 more that can be spent if the extra cost is justified.
I wish i could build an Intel Quad Core Machine with the 1156 platform, but i can't seem to make it work out with the budget. If i'm missing something, please let me know.
any feedback or suggestions made on this build would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance for assistance.
The case & psu alone set you back $200. You should seriously rethinking your priority. It's gaming, no? It's def. not getting the best looking pc. That $200 can be used to upgrade the GPU to HD 5850. The Mushkin 550 you have can power the new GPU and then some.
You do realize that you're not linking to the actual parts right?
I'm with p55, but I think he missed the resolution.
At 1280x, any GPU over $50 would be good for gaming. I'd recommend finding some room in the budget for a new monitor.
I don't really think you need an extra HDD just for the OS. Save the $50 and get just the 1 TB F3. It won't make any difference in performance.
Switch the GPU for an HD 5770. While the 5xxx series is just slightly underpowered (only those under the 5850) compared to similiarly priced older cards, they are more future proof with DX 11 and better performance in Crossfire.
Assuming you keep the HAF, optical and PSU (which you should), spend some extra on a new monitor.
i apologize for not mentioning it, but the previous system mentioned has been sold. no parts will be available from it.
appearance is a big deal, as i work at a PC repair facility/gaming center, and frequently bring my computer to work with me. also, i've sold 3 of these cases to customers, and every time, i've been awestruck at how beautiful the case was.
a new monitor is being planned, but with the tight budget i have, i'll need to collect a paycheck or two before that can happen.
the extra HDD is a definite need due to my frequent reinstalls, and having 650 GB of videos and documents backed up already.
the 5770 just seems so underwhelming to me. DX11 is useless, and i can see it being like DX10, and only having a few games really take advantage of it.
and i'm going to attempt to fix the links, thanks for the heads up.
EDIT-swapping out the 4860 for the 5770 bumped it to 842.08. that'd be the only upgrade i could pull off, as of right now.
I second P55Ibexpeak. If your focus is on gaming, case is less important.
Also the 5770 is a great little card. It's about the same performance as a 4870 but uses less power and runs cooler. DX11 is useless now, but all indications are that it will be the next popular developer platform as it's a lot easier to code for than DX10. Plus, the 4800 series is nearing it's end of production cycle, the 5770 lets you be certain that if you need a second card a year from now you can get one. Unless you plan to play games at max settings and AA at 1900 x 1200, this card is great.