okay so I am purchasing a new PC tonight and I have come up with a build...
im going to be gaming but im buying a better video card when i get the movey
i was originally going to base it on a 965 phenom BE but figured that the i5x4 was better and faster from what ive read and only about 25 bucks more...
not sure about the video card, i just need a cheap one for now that will support hdmi and 1080p for my 42'' lcd tv... hows the one i picked look? ill upgrade it later doen the road and maybe crossfire.
Really a video card opens up a lot more possibilities than a better processor. You only need a higher clocked processor that has at least 3 cores to get maximum performance from a video card. Get a 955 BE or even a Phenom II 945. The motherboard will be cheaper as well. Then you can spring for a ATI 5830 graphics card.
This is a AMD/ATI Crossfire X starter kit. Its 600 bucks, so just throw in a video card, mouse, keyboard, and Blu-ray burner and you have yourself a Kick ass PC that can game, encode video, and multitask.
The Hexa-core will outdo the i5-750 in multitasking and gaming. It has turbo-core tech which overclocks up to 3 cores if the other 3 are not in use. This happens alot in gaming, so its designed to improve gaming performance.
You could get this combo and not bother getting a video card at all since the motherboard has a built in GPU that has HDMI output. Then you could buy a card later that is top tier when you get the cash.
Basically you replace your CPU/Processor combo and save around 20 bucks for better, newer hardware. Then you remove the video card you selected and save another 50 bucks. So in total, just by switching to a 6-core processor and newer motherboard you save 70 bucks.