Whats up everyone, first post.. Heard of this place throughout the net, its got some reputation, so I figured this would be a great place to ask for advice
I need to replace my existing DELL - its been holding up for 5 years now. Ideally, I would like a setup that would last roughly as long. This past month I finally caught up with the current market for games, and I couldn't run any of them.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 31 days.
BUDGET RANGE: 1,335 - 1,736 USD (I know this is very specific, exchange rates.. I'm a little flexible)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, gaming, movies, everything else.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Don't really care, as long as its well-known and reliable.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't really care, as long as its well-known and reliable.
OVERCLOCKING: I figured I could buy slower versions of some components (CPU, for example) for cheaper, and overclock them to reach their higher-end brothers. Feasible?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, sure.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1360/1366 x 768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Wireless keyboard and mouse a must.. nothing else really - just would like to thank everyone in advance!
Total: $1,521. With the $215 that's left, pick up any mouse/keyboard and an ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 1080p monitor for $160 after rebate. Spending $1300-1700 for a gaming system at your resolution is stupid...
Then save the $105. Or try to squeeze in a SSD as the OS drive.
I can't agree with saint's board suggestions. They're more expensive because of having more than 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, which is pointless as Crossfire doesn't scale well past 2 cards. In addition, they don't have USB 3/SATA III ports. So you'd be paying more for less future proof boards.
TBH You could even save a little bit of money on the board that Admiral suggested if you are getting the 5970. I highly doubt you will need to x-fire two 5970's. And if you do your looking at 1300 just in GPU's.....lol