APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next month, on or before 3/21 BUDGET RANGE: up to $1500~ After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, browsing the web, playing movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer ASUS for my mobo, as far as other parts I have no real preferences. I heard XFX makes a good ATI card.
OVERCLOCKING: I might tune the RAM speeds SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23.6" wide 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to build a machine that will last a good long time. My current computer I built in Aug 2005 and has lasted me this long. I'm preparing for the next big Blizzard game so I'd like a machine that can handle StarCraft 2 etc. Most of the parts I selected based on articles on this website. Mainly looking for advice on the motherboard and whether or not I should upgrade it and to consider using Crossfire.
Also, any comments about ATI's drivers for the 5850 would be appreciated. I had a bad experience about 6 years ago with an ATI card so I switched to Nvidia and have used their cards ever since. I can't say their drivers are perfect either as I've had issues, but if ATI's current drivers are solid than I will feel more confident about the purchase.
As far as the storage capacity goes I don't use that much space. I'd like to run the OS from the SSD and use the HDD for storing music and stuff. I went with the OEM version of Intel's X25-M 80GB model since its so much cheaper. Is there any real danger in doing that versus spending an additional $80 for the retail version?
I would do something like this, you get a HD 5870 for 60 bucks more vs HD 5850 thats 30% more GPU for 60 bucks + bigger HDD storage ICY DOCK for your SSD ( 650W PSU is more then enough for a single GPU setup ) + a HSF and better ram ( you wont need that 8 gigs of ram for gaming )
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Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
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On newegg there is some talk about the Intel X25-M OEM drive where people are getting shipped the SSDSA1 version or something that doesn't have a standard SATA power supply. I didn't see people specify what kind of power supply connection it is instead though.....
Well for $80 cheaper I'll take the risk on the SSD I suppose. If they ship the wrong part I'll just have to send it back. I'm contemplating upgrading the mobo and psu for a potential future Crossfire configuration but I'm just turned off by the extra heat that comes with it.