I just got done making a guide for the best gaming computer you can build for $750 on my blog at http://technomaniac.comze.com/?p=425 It was actually inspired by the latest value build from tom's. Let me know what you think!
I'm confused, the link to the CPU cooler you showed me is $34.99 plus $7.56 shipping and the one I chose was only $15.99 and $5.99 shipping. How do you figure half the cost? If there is a cheaper better one that I missed, sign me up! lol.
Oh dang I didn't notice the RAM was cas 7 but the voltage is higher. Isn't that indicative of lower quality ram with heat sinks slapped on them and over-clocked?
Who is the "we" you refer to?
Thanks for reading my post and putting up with all my questions!
... But the Build Article is finished ... the system is built ... and it's all pretty darned good.
... We also do not recommend TWO GPU cards for (almost) any new build. We, instead, advise to go "up a notch" and get just one ... to start. This limits the up front investment and allows for SLI or swap-out later, when the 2nd card will be cheaper (after many mionths) ...
But it IS an awsome build and must be a "good ride". ... Check out the photos !
Agree it'll definitely bench faster. The problem with dropping in 2 4850's right off that bat is that you're severely limiting your expansion potential. Most of us here would rather recommend a single higher performance GPU than 2 cheap ones.
For the purpose of benchmarking/ best bang for buck it's great, but for a person building a new PC they want to keep for a few years, it's not the best idea.
For example, if you buy a 5770 now, and in a few months have the cash to drop in a second one, its a cheap and fast upgrade. However, if you had 2 4850's already, you'd have to replace both of them, spending 2x the money for the same upgrade.
That is the main thing ... but there is even more to it , than that ...
The other part is that one 5770 may be "just fine" in terms of doing better than 30fps at whatever rez/qual (the break-point).
As the games get hungrier (in the future) , that 2nd 5770 gets cheaper, every month ... It may cost half as much in as little as one year ... or, IF you should decide to pitch it ... You are not out as much and it will be a more viable hand-me-down for some other sap (or service build ... like an HTPC) ... more retained value.
Anyway ... as you can imagine, we all reached consensus, on that issue, before *I* ever got here!
On the other hand ... In your defense ... At this price point, it might be worth it to just ride those 4850s into the dirt and then spring for something outrageous, in about 20 months. ... Time to save up for those SLI-590s(in FEEL-AROUND-4D)