I'm looking to build a $850 productivity/multitasking & gaming rig. My first question though is whether I should build it now or wait until August. I am moving to California in early August so if I build now I will have to deal with the shipping situation. What are the benefits of building now vs. waiting until August? Do things change that much in a couple of months?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime from now to August
BUDGET RANGE: $850 Before rebates, but OK with cheaper
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Massive productivity and multitasking (ie. using Photoshop, adobe audition, excel, R, web dev tools, & browser with 100+ tabs all at once). Also some gaming with Starcraft 2.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD + ATI
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: CPU: Have things changed much since March regarding the Athlon II X3 435? Is it still the best bang for buck? It seems like Athlon II X3 440 and Phenom II X2 550 BE are within $10 above the 435. Are there any good quad core alternatives in a similar price range?
Case: I am willing to go with this type of tower case, but are there smaller cube style cases that would work with this build and are in a similar price range?
1. Not necessary - config was for client insisting on CF capability ^^ (while currently on a display under Full HD)
2. If 880G was way cheaper than $4 diff worth it for such a small diff it is not unfortunately
3. Yes ATX mid tower/full towers all can house mATX mobo no worries
4. If u want to cut costs and dun need CF/mATX have a look at the 870 chipset?
I just found a pretty sweet combo with a Phenom x6 1055T.
+ 9.73 shipping
- 60 rebates
= 748.38 AR
The difference in this build is that the 4GB ram CAS latency is 9 vs 7 for the other build. Does this make much of a difference?
The mobo is a 785G vs the 890GX. I'm willing to do without usb 3.0 and crossfire and go with ATX, but other than that, how does this board look for OC?
I just picked the Scythe cooler because someone mentioned they used it in one of the reviews. Does it look ok?
Here's the former build
+ 40 elite 341 case from local Fry's
+ 10.35 shipping
- 25 rebates
= 723.26 AR
I heard that the 955BE is better for gaming, but I will be using this rig primarily for work and multitasking. Would you recommend making those tradeoffs in ram and mobo for the hexacore? Thanks!