This will be a gaming comp, budget 1000-1500. I would like to keep it on the cheaper side, my main questions have to do with the GPU, CPU, and RAM. I want to be able to run my games at the highest settings. My monitor is 1900x1080. I am willing to OC.
Do not need - HD, Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speakers
For reference, my HD is HDD 640G|WD WD6402AAEX SATAIII 64M
GPU - XFX 5850 or 5870 (is the 5870 enough of an upgrade to justify the price difference?)
CPU - i5 750 (I dont think I need the i7-930, but would welcome advice)
RAM - g.skill 1600 Ram (4 or 8, is 4gb enough?)
Case - Cooler Master HAF 922
MB - N82E16813128409 (Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s ) (Is this a good board, or would an ASUS be better?)
PSU - N82E16817341018 (I know that this si an iffy PSU, but the price combined with the case is insane)
LG Blu-ray Player
Heatsink - Coolermaster Hyper 212 N82E16835103065
Thanks, the blu-ray isnt for the gaming aspect, I just own a lot and its easy to let my wife have the TV for her lame TV shows that she recorded and I can watch my stuff on the comp...project runway, americas next top model, glee...this woman like some crappy TV.
I am trying to be a little cheap here, but how much of an upgrade is the 5870 over the 5850. Will I really notice a difference if I am just running one monitor and one game +a couple of background programs (i.e. Firefox/Team Speak)
The difference between the 5850 and the 5870 is that the 5870 can play every game currently out with max details at 1080p resolutions while the 5850 struggles with a few. Whether or not that's worth it is really up to you...
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):