APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Unknown, 2-3 months
BUDGET RANGE: Max $850
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, some graphics work, and basic computer tasks (internet, movie watching, video watching, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, HDD Optional (I have an external that I could put into the system if the budget was tight)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Never built a rig before, so really no preference, just something that has a good track record or good experiences.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I believe it's 1680x1050 (Needs to be DVI)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have a case that I could add some lights to the inside at a later date. Definitely something that could play some of the latest FPS. I'm mainly building this to play Starcraft II, which I know does not require heavy graphics work, but I have other games in mind outside this.
Also, I would like Windows 7 64bit preferable to make the most of my RAM. 3-4GB of RAM. I also would like multiple hard drives instead of 1 larger one. CD/DVD drive of course.
I was looking at the part for my graphics card, it's $129.99, so it's a decent price for the apparently performance I've read from the reviews.
Model M4A89GTD PRO
CPU Socket Type AM3
CPU Type Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
FSB 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
North Bridge AMD 890GX
South Bridge AMD SB850
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR3 1866 (O.C.) / 1333 / 1066
Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel
PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 support ATI CrossFireX technology(@dual x8 speed)
PCI Express x4 1
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 2
PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
SATA 6Gb/s 6 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10
Onboard Video Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4290
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
Video Ports D-Sub + DVI
HDMI 1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0 6 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 1 x IEEE 1394a
eSATA 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB 8 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394 1x 1394a
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin 24 Pin
Parts 3 years limited
Labor 3 years limited
As we all know ... the GPU is the heart, and most influential component of your gaming experience !!
We also know that it is best to STRETCH your budget for the best SINGLE CARD SOLUTION you can possibly afford ... and "build down" around that ...
... REMEMBER ... that second 5850 (for 2xSLI) will be half the cost, in 18 months !
Choose the most expensive card you can afford, from THIS list !
SAPPIRE is the best built.
It's gotten great reviews for ventilation and such, but beyond ventilation I'm not totally sure what I need to look for in cases. I like the look, which is a plus, should I look at a larger case or will this one suit the components suggested?
The smilodon is a really well built case,I just picked one up a few months ago and I was very impressed with the quailty,I would definitly get a better pwr supply though.The Build with this case went easy,very easy,if you have a comp shop somewhere near by where you live,its worth it to check this case out in person to see the quality of it......