I forgot to mention I do have a psu for him, and a 320mb 8800 gts if thats enough.
You could take those parts that you have available and need to reuse and build a rig right there. All you'd really need is maybe another 2 sticks of the same RAM if you have a 64-Bit OS and a PSU.
I'm pretty sure that 4870 will run games fine at that lower res.
I was thinking about doing something like that for him, the problem is I think the cpu is holding this comp back as well.
your scrwed. I suggest building an amzing system for yourself and have your brother muster up the money for his computer. Also i might suggest building yours maybe spend 550 and then use the other 250 on a prebuilt from walmart.
My brother is 10 so he's not going to be getting much. I was just cutting into my budget to try and get him an ok machine to play some games. Mostly he wants to play sc2 on decent settings, but other then that I just want it to be upgradable for him.
That PSU worries me, as it's only 400watt. also, the 5770 only really offers DX11 other then that it doesn't have that much improvement on my 4870. I like the mobo, cpu, ram I think. Hows the OC capability with that setup?
How well would the 8800 i mentioned at the top of this post, the cpu, ram, and mobo preform together? Is there any OC ability that I should look into instead of upgrading to save the money? In that build, what is needed to make it preform ok? I understand that the socket I'm on with the core2duo is a dead socket, so an upgrade there will most likely require a new mobo as well i assume?
I would say Snag an I7 or Phenom (depending on your Processor preference) a nifty Mobo, a DX11 card on the cheap, and an extra stick of the same ram. Sure you may spend slightly more than 800, but well under 1,000.
I've decided $400 is my budget, and $0-$200 is my brothers budget. What do you guys think? Are these budgets do able?
I'm going to be using my 4870, and my brother the 8800. I've also got cases and hard drives for both of us. So I think we are looking at mobo/cpu/ram/psu for me, and whatever needs to be done to his build. His build is:
OCZ Platinum Revision 2 (2x 1GB) DDR2
320mb 8800 gts Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL
My biggest thing is I want a little better performance with the opportunity to do some major upgrades once I get a stable job. For him I want him to be able to play most games on LOW settings, and if possible Starcraft 2 on decent settings.
I'm thinking AMD is the way to go with my price, what would you guys suggest between the 790X and the 790FX chipset. I don't care at all for the on board graphics so the 790GX will do as well, but not something I care for. is there a better chipset I should get?
Looking at processors, I'm debating whether I should go with the Athlon II X4 635, Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, Phenom II X4 955/965 Black Edition. We are supposed to be seeing a 6core from amd soon right? So will that drop the prices of the 955/965? Also if I decide to OC with these, whats going to be best for my tight budget?