APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this Week or the following 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: No more than $1000 ideally around $700
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School Work (Word, excel, some programing IE MATLAB etc), WOW
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, Screens, Hard drives
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, Tiger Direct, ZipZoomFly, MicroCenter(online or store), Frys (online or store)
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really
OVERCLOCKING: No/Maybe (He is not super computer savy so does not really want to have to change settings all the time)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 (Has 2 of them already)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer a quiet PC that does not generate an extraordinary amount of heat and noise, case can be cheap as long as its stable, His target ideal price was 700 but is willing to go to $1000, only plays WOW now, maybe other FPS in the future like MW2, maybe Diablo 3, wants to be able to use his computer for 3 years with out having to upgrade everything just to run simple programs, may need to do simulations for med school. Will need an OS. (Unless someone can give me a way to extract his OS from a Dell Computer)
His current graphics card is a Radeon HD2600 XT I believe
One thing I dont know a whole ton about AMD sockets, so if anyone can help explain them that would be great. Ive build AMD computers before (with the help of friends), but I dont really understand the differences between the sockets and the motherboards (im more familiar with Intel).
Intel is completely out of budget. That's alright, as there is really no difference in the understanding of the technology. There's only one AMD socket that's worth it right now (the AM3). Couple of options.
First, for $700 (w/ OS), this would be able to play games with lowered details at 1080p:
Mad admiral I am not the op but this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the great answers. But if you changed to an xfire capable motherboard and used two 5770s xfire instead of the 5850 would it be better. If so by how much. Thanks