It has been a few years since I built my current computer and I'm at the point where I need to upgrade. The main use for this computer will be gaming. After reading these forums for several weeks, I can see that the hardware landscape has changed quite a bit, and I was hoping for some advice on this build. I'd like to make sure I'm being efficient and the computer will be able to handle new games for years to come (Total War, WOW, etc)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Closer the better BUDGET RANGE: 1500 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Full ATX case, I'd like an I7 930, but can be convinced to go AMD if it would be better.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe I'd like a 5870 vid card, with the option for crossfire down the road
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 but withing the next year would like to get a second monitor in 1080p
I will probably wait to upgrade to a SSD for another 8 months, hoping for the prices to drop by Christmas
Thanks for any help you can provide.
Fyi, that Antec 902 is a mid-tower case, you would need to look at the Antec 1200 for a full-tower offering.
For gaming, there is not much benefit to going with i7 over i5. You can save some money this way, or upgrade your GPU. Furthermore, Intel is changing sockets soon and so for future-proofing, AMD has the edge. An AMD Phenom II X4 955 build would be a little cheaper, still offer great gaming performance, and give you the ability to upgrade the CPU down the road without gutting the PC.
My advice would be to go with the AMD PII X4 955, upgrade to an HD5970, and get the Antec 1200 instead.
Thank you for the advice. I switched the I7 for a AMD PII 965 + MSI 890FX mobo combo. I also got the 1200 case. I do have a question about the HD5970. Do you think the 5970 will be a signifigant upgrade over a HD5870? I just wonder if the 5970 is overkill for this build? The price is about half for the 5870. Thanks again for your help. I updated the orginal post and here are the links to the new items I found based on your suggestions.
Its essentially the equivalent of 2 HD5850s. It is overkill at that resolution, but you mentioned upgrading to 1080P, and if so, the HD5970 will last for a while. If you want to save some money though, the HD5870 is an amazing card =)
For the absolute best performance for $1,500 go with this build. It's overkill for your current resolution, but it'll be ready for your 1080p upgrade and you won't need to upgrade again for the life of the system, or basically until next gen consoles come out, 2014 earliest.