Long time reader, first time poster. Tax return just came back and I want to build a system for gaming. Ideally it will run Crysis at very good settings at very high FPS.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week, perhaps even tomorrow BUDGET RANGE: $1700-$1800 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: I would like to use an Intel CPU & Asus/Gigabyte Motherboard. I would like the case to be an Antec 1200 if possible or something of similar quality. I decided on an ATI video card, preferably a 5970 but willing to work with less ;-)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 minimum
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to use high quality parts.
What was your thought process behind a i7-930? Is it a huge gain over an i7-920? I may have to go with a 5870 video card as the list you put here does not include a monitor and I will need a good monitor. I will look at the HAF case, sounds like a good deal.
I noticed you changed the CPU. I know the major difference with the i5 and i7 series is the lack of hyperthreading but will I notice a lot of difference in games? Also, is there a place that actually HAS any 5970's? Cannot seem to find anywhere. One last thing, any monitor recommendations?
You will notice no difference in gaming. The i5 is possible the best gaming CPU out there because it's powerful and it's cheap.
I actually have yet to see a 5970 in stock. You're probably just going to have to periodically check all the retailers. I'm sure there will be more of the around once Fermi is released.
I'm not the best at picking monitors, but have heard good things about Asus and Hanns G. Here's a good Asus model: Asus 23.6" 1080p for $190 after rebate. I would recommend going into a store and looking at several models to see what you think look best. You don't have to buy it there, but it helps to do some in person research.
Thank you for the info and suggestions. Well, since the 5970 does not seem to be in stock anywhere, I may have to go with a 5870 and upgrade next year. I think I can safely say there will not be too much that will push a 5870 TOO hard between now and next year. So, taking a 5870 into account, can we get a revised list sans monitor (we can leave a $250 budget for a monitor that I will find locally). Probably want to throw a Windows 7 64bit edition in there too hehe. thank you for your time, I appreciate it ;-)
Ok, I decided to reformat my list. that was messy and lasy of me and I apologize. Here is the revised list. Will this run all I need as a gaming system? is there anything you would change? The system is actually a bit under budget but if this will meet my needs, I see no reason to stick to 1700-1800 range.
Did you mean the "ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156"? I could not find a "Asus P5P55D-E Pro" on Newegg.com. The board I have listed in my last post already has CrossfireX support too so I am curious as to your thought process behind this suggestion above. Please let me know as I am looking into ordering my parts within the next few hours.
I see. Well, I will sub out the motherboard I chose and go with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 instead, so I can throw another video card in there when the need arises. Thank you for the advice. Is there anything else that may seem wrong or out of place before I order? All looks good to me on this end but would hate to miss something. thanks in advance ;-)