APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I'd like to buy it ASAP
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming primarily, some browsing too.(I watch movies on my laptop)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS( I'll pick those myself)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer ATI over Nvidea. I feel neutral towards AMD and INTEL.
OVERCLOCKING: YES! CROSSFIRE: YES!
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680 X 1050
-I don't care about noise, only performance.
-Watercooling is not an option.
-I will crossfire in the near future.
-I live in a tropical area so good cooling is important.
-I don't want overpiced SSD's.
-I don't want features I'll never use ( Like 15 usb ports or special card slots)
Let me know what you think. I highly appreciate everyone's input.
Total: $1,389. I'm not sure on the prices over there, so this might be over budget. If so, drop the CPU to a lower AM3 one (like the X3 440).
EDIT: BTW, this won't need to be Crossfired before you need to rebuild. So instead of dropping the CPU down, you could get the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 (a 1 PCIe 2.0 slot board) to shave a bit off the cost.
April 1, 2010 5:37:53 PM
Hi, thnx for your reply.
I'd like something cheaper than that GPU ^^. If I were to pick 2 hd4890 1 GB (They are on sale) Would the x4 955 be a bottleneck?
The CPU is not going to be the bottleneck. And I wouldn't get any of the older cards. You'll definitely regret it later. The thing with the 5970 is that it really can't be beat. Consider it this way. If you buy any other GPU, you will need to upgrade it in the next 3-4 years. The 5970 will not need to be upgraded for the next 5-6 years. The rest of the build will need to be upgraded well before the GPU.
I would also advise against starting a build with Crossfired cards. You'll spend more on lower powered cards, only to need to replace them sooner. Not only that, but you lose an upgrade path. Also, not every game takes advantage of Crossfire, so you'd be paying double to use a lesser cards in many games.
Actually i would say a single HD 5830 would suffice for 1680 x 1050 for some time but with such a smallish top up lets nab a HD 5850 hehe No need for CF and if u really want an inexpensive SSD i would be looking at the Kingston VSeries 64GB ^^ Here is a 766 GBP config w/o SSD though hehe
That's why I asked if the monitor was going to be replaced soon. If that wasn't the plan, I would've dropped the 5970 to a 5870 (maybe even 5850) and suggested replacing the monitor with the rest of the budget.
batuchka's build is pretty good, but I would switch the board to the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4. That way if you ever replaced the monitor, Crossfire would be available. Of course, if you don't ever buy a new monitor, you won't need that...