APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 1 week BUDGET RANGE: $900-1300 Before Rebates, the closer to 1000 the better
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High end Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers/headphones, possibly case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Comfortable with newegg but any site is fine COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, looking for the best power/stability combo possible
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not for now, possibly in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, If the parts price drops near/under $1k i would possibly upgrade to a 19xx
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The goal of this build is to create a gaming machine capable of playing current releases on max settings with no problem as well as handling new releases for the forseeable future in the same way. My current love is BF: Bad Company 2, my previous gaming rig (dual 8800gt, dual core e8500) was starting to show its age on max settings.
Ive been working on this build for a few days but ive run into a few big decisions and would like any feedback you guys could provide. Incoming list and questions below it, pre thanks.
Current Pricing: $1,340ish is what this setup has me at, if possible i would like to drop $100-250 without losing much in the graphics power department.
CPU wise ive been looking at the i5-750 and the i7-860, from my research i can see that the 860 is only slightly more powerful than the 750. For gaming only, is it worth it to spend the extra $80 for the 860? Are there better AMD CPUs than these two from Intel? I really dont have any experience with AMD lately.
These two bundles are also in the mix for my cpu/mobo combo, would either of these be a better buy?
For my GPU ive been eyeing both the 5850 and 5870, choosing the more expensive 5870 for my current list. Again research shows the 5870 is only 15% or so stronger than the 5850, this brings up three questions.
1. Fermi, supposedly its being released today, when is it going to lower card prices and how much would you expect the 5870 to drop?
2. Would i be better off going with a 5850 for a cheaper price and going crossfire with it when the price drops?
3. Sapphire/HIS/XFX/PowerColor, Which brand should i purchase? I chose the Sapphire based on slightly higher test results but I hear good things about XFX and PowerColor.
Motherboards have me a little uneasy as well. Everyone seems to tell me that the ASUS P7P55 is the one to get yet im a little lost on which version i should purchase. The one i chose appears to be on the lower end of the price range with less high end options, would you recommend a different version based on my purpose of only gaming?
1. Forget Fermi
2. For 1680 x 1050 actually a GTX 275/HD 4890/HD 5830 would cut it but ya just the one HD 5850 and for gaming rig GPU upgrade inevitable so....
3. Best way is read reviews w.r.t these data
a Temps at idle/load
b. Noise (dB) at idle/load
c. Whats in the box
You lose no gaming performance by going with the i5 750. The i7 860 is only worth it if you use highly threaded software like AutoCAD, video editing software, etc... You're best off keeping the 5870 to allow you to upgrade your monitor in the future. Here's a nice CPU + motherboard combo to consider:
I guess that leaves me with a few side questions before i finalize my setup.
Will the PSU i chose allow me enough headroom to run a 5870 without any problems? For some reason i feel safer with a 750, is that overkill?
With the extra budget space these few changes allow me I would like to try adding in a new monitor, unfortunately i have almost no idea on what to look for. Any ideas on quality monitor that would help me take advantage of a 5870?