Online Custom Vendors
Hello, I currently have an old desktop that a bought from Ibuypower some years ago, and I got lucky I guess as I have had no problems at all(knock on wood). But anyways, I was wondering if there are any online custom builders around now that are reliable but don't cost an arm and a leg.
If you were to build it yourself, you'd be able to get:
CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H $280
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $90
PSU: Corsair 750W $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $105
GPU: HD 5870 $380
Total: $1,140. This build would be able to play every game out right now with max details at 1080p resolutions. In addition, the build is very future proof, as it has the newest AMD chipset (890), which is guaranteed to support the upcoming six core CPUs (which doesn't really matter right now for gaming) and has USB 3/SATA II support.
Is there any difference between that ram you linked and this ram?
(Besides the voltage, price and heatsinks of course)
EDIT: And your 5870 link is to the CPU/motherboard combo not the 5870.
@duk: The difference is the voltage. That's it.
It's not possible to get as good of a build for gaming at that budget using Intel. A good Intel gaming CPU, and the only one I would recommend stepping up to, would make the build cost another $110 over that price. There is no advantage to using an Intel CPU. AMD provides extremely good performance at a much lower price. Besides, a CPU doesn't really affect gaming performance.
In order to get an Intel CPU, you would have to drop to an HD 5850. That means a lot lower gaming performance, traded for nothing buy a name.
I fixed the link for the GPU.