Hello everyone, I love this web-site, I'm a long time reader but first time poster. I am also a first time builder and would like you all to critique the components I've selected for my first build.
Approximate Purchase date: June 2010
Primary system usage (from most important to least important): Gaming, internet, word processing
Parts not needed: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Web-sites: New Egg, Amazon, Micro Center
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Overclocking: a little ( I plan on a conservative overclock, this being my first time and all)
Crossfire: yes in the future
Parts Preference: Intel CPU (I am open to ATI or NVIDIA)
Additional Comments: I don't know much about RAM i.e. timing and latency etc. so any guidance that you can provide there would be appreciated. In addition let me know what your thoughts are about my video card selection, I currently have a 4830 and from what I can tell passmark rates a crossfired 4830 setup to be similar to a single 5770 and since a 4850 and a 5770 are about $80 apart I figured a 5770 a crossfire 4830 and 4850 setup would be as good or better than a 5770, but that being said in the future I will need two new high end DX 11 cards to crossfire instead of just one. Also I am buying the CPU from Microcenter so an 860 is $199 and a 930 is only $229.99, so keep that in mind with your suggestions.
Parts: (All sites and Prices listed are New Egg unless otherwise noted)
Thanks for the reply Tecmo, those are all great suggestions. I think you're right about dropping the SSD for now and going with the 5850, I'm unfamiliar with the G. Skill brand of memory but they seem to be well respected from what I have read in other forums. If I incorporate all of your suggestions it will increase my total build price to around $1290 w/o a boot drive. This is within my budget though and I think your HDD and RAM suggestions are improvements as well. Thanks!