APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: between now and ~mid-April BUDGET RANGE: $1000 at most, probably within the 900-1000 range. If I can drop under 900, based on my needs, that would be nice. (After Rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, 3D modeling, internet, occasional video editing (I multitask a lot)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer an i7. I've gone with nvidia cards in the past, but if ATI is better at this tier, I'm fine with that. Other than that, I haven't kept up with hardware well enough these days to know what is "better" for my budget.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200. I have a Dell 2408wfp.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It's been a long time since I've "newegged" a computer, and due to traveling and my job, I just haven't kept up with hardware as much as I'd like to. That said, I'm still rockin' an AMD 3500 with a 7800 superclocked video card. Surprisingly, it's held up well, but considering I do 3D work for a living and am very involved in gaming, I'm long, long overdue for an upgrade.
I will never SLI and I don't need to bother with overclocking. I just need something solid, probably around the $900 range if possible. To be honest, I was considering buying a Dell XPS 9000, but for the price, and the speed of the memory/HD they provide, etc., it just seems overpriced even with the employee coupons I have (granted, I get give tech support, if that counts). The only reason I was considering something pre-built is time required to put together components on newegg, and then the time to build the machine. I thought maybe the price would match, but I'm not so sure..
here's what I'd like to have:
*I assume with what I'm doing, I'd want at least 6gb RAM. Would I be better off with 6gb higher clock speed, or 8gb slower clock speed?
*video card with two DVI ports AND with HDMI
For components I'd like to have? COOLER MASTER RC-690 seems nice, which my friend has. I'm not terribly picky though on cases; something with good airflow and design. My friend has this CM case, so I've seen it in person.
Wow, thanks for the quick reply. I'm going to look this over some more, but as a quick follow-up question: Would I be that much better off trying to go for an i7-920 in terms of performance? I take it that'd boost the price at least $200. I only ask because a lot of my work is raw processing power. Unfortunately I don't know much about the AMD's.
Well you mentioned gaming as the most important. At $1k AMD is the way to go.
I-7 is definitely out. If any thing go with an I-5. However, if you go with either you limit your video card greatly. With a resolution like 1900x1200 you won't be able to play games on the highest settings with the intel setup.
Hmm, I gotcha. Gaming is probably the most important, yes. I think whatever I end up getting will be able to support my work, even if it's the AMD. Considering my current computer kinda sorta handles it...
I'm just curious -- how would the i7 920, 6gb 1066MHz ram, and ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB5 DDR3 compare? Seems like with that, I'd have a better processor, but a video card that wouldn't perform nearly as well. I only ask b/c if I bought a pre-built rig, it'd be with those 3 components above at roughly ~$1000
5450 can't play video games at all. I don't know if you ever heard of crysis, but if you tried to load it up with that video card it would probably melt. Or get like 3 fps (if your lucky )
So in other words, no. If you really want to cut back on gaming go with atleast a 4850. Not nearly as good as 5850 or even a 5770 but can still play most newer games on medium settings with a lower resolution.