Hello there! I've decided it's time for me to buy a new gaming computer for myself. I've browsed around a bit and eventually decided to build from scratch as opposed to buying pre-built, as those always seem to have pretty "meh" graphics cards.
However, I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to this sort of thing, so any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: < 3 weeks
PRICE RANGE: No less than 700, no more than 850
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, video/sound editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've got no idea, honestly.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Well, 1440x900 is what I run my MMOs at.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What I'd like to shoot for is something that can run Oblivion on max video settings, which I don't think is asking much given my price range.
I'll search for a build for you. Considering your price range, resolution, and main usage of gaming, I should be able to gather a decent build and in the process try and save you money. BTW is your price range including mail and rebates?
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... $70.00+$25.00 mail-in rebate=$45.00
Total=$906 but with mail-in rebates it's $831! NOTE: You must purchase the I7 860 and the OCZ 600w power supply as a combo for more savings. Also, depending on your zip code will determine your shipping... (Shipping to me was $6.00).
This system should easily run anything you throw at it at maxed settings + Direct X 11 will be an advantage when more of the games come out!
Hope this helps! Let me know if you run into any problems or need more help!
Second build is better. Overkill however for 1440x900. I might drop down to the 5770 so that you can get a quad core. RPGs tend to like cores. Beware the drive on the first one, its a green drive and slower then other drives.