I need some input on a build for a friend of mine. He is an avid modern warfare 2 Xbox online gamer and he is wanting to switch over to the pc for his modern warfare 2 gaming. We want to be able to play against each other.
Now, what I am looking for is a system built around the specifications for this game. I want to keep the price as low as possible ($500 or as far below as I can get) and still be able to run the game as smooth as possible with as much eye candy as possible (perhaps better looking than the Xbox 360 looks). We need to stay with a 32 bit processor because he has already purchased Windows 7 32bit. We DO NOT need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. JUST the case, processor, motherboard, memory, power supply, video card. Heck, stock cooling will probably be just fine for what he is doing with it. I need for this system to be as potent as possible.
Is this "do-able?"
Thanks ahead of time! Let me know if I missed anything.
Thanks for the quick reply. I was reading the March System Build article and noticed there were two Sapphire 4850s used in the $750 build. Each one cost $100. Do you think a single 4850 would run MW2 at a decent resolution? Surely two of these in crossfire would, but I'm not sure how much room that leaves for other components as far as cost goes.
That depends on what you call a decent resolution. We need to know the monitor's native resolution to really answer that. I would be hesitant to recommend them because the newer cards dwarf the older 48xx series in terms of performance, power efficiency and heat produced.
Two 4850s are weaker than the 5850, so they may struggle at 1920x1080 (otherwise known as 1080p, the resolution the XBox runs at). A single 4850 would be alright at 1600x resolutions, but you'd likely have to turn down the details.
Either way, it'd be a lot cheaper to buy another XBox 360...