APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month.
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1,200-1,400 AR
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General use/heavy PDF opening/editing, gaming (like play starcraft 2/Diablo 3 type games-but not WoW types), general usage/web browsing, DVD decrypting, dreamweaver/flash, photoshop-i want this computer to haul a$$.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (i'd like to use old antec sonata II if possible)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anywhere so long as it is cheap and reliable. Amazon and Newegg I guess.. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: none.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (will move up later when I buy a new monitor, but not for a lyear at the earliest), & a 50” plasma, unknown resolution
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I love you guys. Thanks in advance for all the input!!
I already have a i7 920 I got for $150 and I will be getting an Intel 160 GB X25M SSD (SSDSA2MH160G2R5) for $250
Recycled from previous build:
20" Dell 2005FPW monitor, DVD+-RW ATA drive & Antec Sonata II case...and maybe Audigy 2 ZS Platinum if I can make it play nice with Win 7
Total: $1188 AR.
and will buy a little USB bluetooth adapter and possibly wireless N card at some point.
So where am I going wrong? The biggest thing I'm looking at modifying is the MOBO. it has excellent reviews but is EXPENSIVE at $310. USB 3.0 won't be out soon and I wont use SATA III likely for a very very long time (making it worth much less). Whats a GREAT mobo without those features? Should I go with slower RAM or different brand? Will I need more cooling?Should I get a larger PSU? (off another member's recommendation) I figured I'd get one with good efficiency to save on energy bills in the long run.
I'm sorry Ulysses35, could you point me to the one that would help me the most please? If there's already a thread on it I'd be happy to find my answers there.
Nevermind, motamedn. You don't need need to apologize. You have every right to open a new thread for your own need. You have already done good by following the way how to ask for help and that is a good start. Of course it will help to read other thread but the help you will find here in your thread will be very specific to your need.
Thanks guys. Yeah JackNaylorPE: I was worried about that. I've never done crossfire before (my last build is I think actually 8 years old now that I think about it...time flies) but I figured if I get a new monitor maybe I'd get a 2nd 5770 at that point on the cheap. could that then support a higher res or would that require a higher card like a 5850?
OK I think I settled on waiting for the Lian-Li PC-B25S. I'm sticking with my mobo and everything else. I will keep looking for discounts on 5770/5850 cards until the Lian-Li is available. Right now I'm thinking stick with a 5770 and add a 2nd in crossfire when I actually do get a new monitor. Otherwise everything is staying the same. Thanks everyone