APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next weekend most likely
BUDGET RANGE: $650 to $750 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming primarily.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, OS, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI combo with an ATX Mobo + ATX Mid Tower
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1366 X 768
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I was originally going to order last week, but I wanted to get some final advice. I was set on using a Radeon HD 5770 for the GFX Card, but I thought that might be overkill for the monitor, and I was a bit uncertain on the best chipset for my setup.
You heard right : 1366 x 768 is an even less demanding resolution then say 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 and i have peeps gaming fine with a card like HD 4670 so t cut a long story short: if u looking not for an overkill $$ and power consumption wise i would look at a card like HD 5670 ^^ At the rate hardware depreciates, Moore's Law and how tech moves quickly by the time you spend good money on a higher end GPU because you really need it (bigger/Full HD display) your $$ could buy far better frames compared to current offerings too hehe
There are a bunch of new AMD processors coming out soon. I would wait a bit before making a purchase. The new dual core athlon II is clocked at 3.2 Ghz, the new tri-core Athlon II is clocked at 3.1 GHZ and the new quad Athlon II is clocked at 3.0 ghz. They will be the same price as the previous top of the line Athlon II's series they came from. For example, the Athlon II X4 635 sells for around 110.00, the new Athlon II X4 640 will be the same price and the Athlon II 635 will be sub-100 dollars.