APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: approximately $1000 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but will go else where if shipping doesn’t kill me.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: No Preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Need a monitor included in this build 21” if possible, but can go smaller
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need Monitor
I originally wanted to do this for $800 or so, but I cannot decide if I really need to go crossfire. I mainly play tf2, wow, and rts, so perhaps I don’t need crossfire. I am leaning towards crossfire for upgradeability, which is also why I picked the mobo I did. Any comments or ideas would be helpful, and if you guys can think of a reason why I don’t need crossfire then perhaps we can get this down to around $800 for all. The GPU I want has a question mark because it is out of stock at newegg, and I do not know what would be a good substitute. I got this build from hardware revolution and changed the hard drive.
I think this is a good start--however you can improve slightly.
So your graphics should either go up to a 5830 or down to a 5770... If you had to you could start with a 5770 now and get a second to upgrade when you have more money.
In terms of the CPU I would consider Tom's recommendation at $90 -- The Athlon X3 Rana at 3.0 ghz. The higher clock speed and 3 cores offers good gaming performance. Saving money here might help you put more money where you need it--into the graphics. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Another area in which you can save money is the power supply. The corsair 650w is an awesome PSU, but you could actually run the system you list with the 450w, and you could crossfire with the 550w. Unless you want the extra room for power efficiency or overclocking you could save here.
I think your argument for keeping the good psu is worthwhile--you will get better energy efficiency and run cooler with the 650w--and adding every component you can imagine wont even stress it. Most new builders try to cut corners on the power supply--going for quality here is smart.
Friends out der... Dont get attracted by massive cache on phenoms.. I had 550 BE.... for getn triple core advantage i reslaed it and got athlon x3 440 and i saw that this cpu outplays 550BE in every case. In gaming the third core does make a huge difference. Battlefield bad company 2 on high settings at 1280*1024 and get 60 frames.. whereas on 550be i used to get 48.... At low resolutions you the CPU power is reflected rather than GPU power.......