Hi, my friend is building a new tower for gaming, and wants to know the best tower for the money. He wants to know the BEST gaming pc for 600 dollars, and the best gaming pc for 700. He already has an os, so he just needs the components.
well, I think he can take out the 5770... and put in a 4770 and just OC, sothat saves 50 dollars, and maybe he can upgrade the cpu to a black edition maybe 965 idk
A 4770 can't be considered a gaming GPU and is a HUGE step down from the 5770. The 965 is an absolute waste of money for a low-end gaming system. A gaming system has to get the best GPU possible, the CPU is much less important.
There will be enough room for OCing both CPU and GPU with either build. Performance increases can vary, so check out some benchmarks and reviews to decide which to overclock more heavily.
The 5xxx series of cards OC very well because they use very little power and run very cool. I've got a 5750 that's OCed well above the level of a 5770 without having much trouble. I haven't even had to do anything outside of ATI's software to get that...
If you could get another $50 for your budget, there's always the option of going with the System Builders' Marathon $750 PC that was featured on the homepage, and still is. If $50 is out of the question, though, it probably won't hurt to cut back on the video cards and get a single Radeon 5770 instead of the suggested twin 4850's. I'm not sure how well this would perform, but I'm running a single 5770 in my system right now, and it seems to be doing fine.
It doesn't often happen, but I will disagree with shortstuff on this one. It wasn't too long ago that the HD4770 was being praised to the rafters. Yes, that was also true of the long-obsolete 1900XTX, but many games, particularly if they aren't the absolutely newest titles, can be played on a HD4770; turn some settings down or play at a lower resolution, and even a HD4670 is still a nice GPU for [older] games.
Start with the $750 SBM. Cut down to one GPU. Right away that's within his $600-$700 budget, and still leaves open the option of Crossfire later. You can pinch pennies on a cheap case, and perhaps a 500W Earthwatts or 520W Neo Eco if you want to drop another $40-$50.
Of course, we don't know the guy's resolution, nor have we been told if he even has a monitor. If he needs that too, it obviously makes a howling difference, as it also does if he's using an old 1024x768 CRT.