APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: $1300-$1500 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Everyday (Office, internet, etc), compiling and running beginner-level (i.e inefficient) c++ code
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: DVD drive, mouse, monitor, speakers, Office, OS, compiler
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI GPU
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (but I'm a first-timer so I'll be taking it slow) CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future, No for now
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have what I think is a pretty good build here. I'm mainly looking for GPU advice and then confirmation or alternatives for the rest of the components. I've priced things out based on current sales, shipping, and rebates on Newegg. Taxes aren't included in my numbers or the budget.
Case: AZZA Helios 910 Black Japanese SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Meh. I don't know much about cases, but this one seems good - reviews state it has good airflow and room for two large graphics cards. It also supports E-ATX, so I can use it for the next several builds even if I eventually decide to go that route. It's got a bottom-mounted PSU two, which seems to be a plus from what I gather (mainly for airflow?).
Ah, the GPU. The most important part of any gaming rig. The problem I have is that there seems to be a huge jump in price with a relatively small increase in performance. I guess that's par for the course when looking at mid-to-high end systems, but it's still depressing
I'm thinking I can get away with buying a 5770 for now and upgrading in a year or two. My games don't have to run at max settings, just medium-high. Also, I've heard Sapphire has better build quality, but this HIS is the only 5770 I could find with Eyefinity. Any recommendations? I'd like to stick with ATI, but if Nvidia is a better fit for me then that's cool too.
I don't have anything chosen here, but I'll probably just pick something up on the cheap.
Current total price: $1205-$1425
Target price: $1300-$1500
I'm within my target, even if I do opt for the more expensive card. I'm open to improvements on any of the parts listed above, so if anything could use a little tweaking (or wholesale replacement, lol) please let me know. I'm hoping I chose at least some of them well, of course!
I'm glad it has someone's approval. Compared to most (almost all) of the guys on here I'm clueless. I am learning, though.
I'm thinking I might add this UPS (power outages haven't been frequent in my area for the past few years, but we've already had two this year and used to have one every week in the summer ).
Usual recommendation is an i5-750 and HD 5970, but I think you'll get sticker shock. Still, I think you should at least get a 5850, it's enough to play most games maxed. All 5xxx cards have Eyefinity, so that isn't a factor.
I suggest no less that a 5850. The combo Jinni quoted is a good one.
I spent a very long time deciding between 5770 and 5850, went through countless review sites and forums to get an idea of which to go for (I was favouring the 5770 as it is cheaper and I figured it would be good enough). In the end I paid the extra for the 5850 - I play at 1920 x 1080 like you, and I just felt the 5770 was reaching its limit on that reso at high settings.
What convinced me of the 5850 is the simple fact that it really is the best bang for your buck, performance/cost ratio means I know I am getting what I pay for. The 5870 is too much to justify for me and the 5770 was a bit too weak for its price.
Having said that, there was a combo of 5870 with 4gb RAM which was I think $479.
I would definately cut 5770 out of the equation though, with all that power your computer has, it would be a real shame to throw in a budget card.
My own build went with i5 750 with P55. I just game with my machine and performance and OC wise, the i5 750 seemed the best choice, the cheaper mobo that goes with it saved decent money especially as I do not XFire so did not need a high end board.