Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and joined to get some feedback on a system I'm planning to build.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500 except I wish to reserve ~$200 for a monitor, if you guys could suggest a good one, that would be great
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching HD videos, Photoshop, surfing the web, office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, mouse, keyboard, OS
I'm planning to reuse my thermaltake 600W, i'm not sure if my build will require a new psu
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080 or higher
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll probably end up getting new speakers, keyboard, and mouse, and wifi card somewhere down the line, so if there's something good right now, please suggest it and i'll probably just buy it
It's not even a comparison. Stick with Frys (you lucky bastard) and pick up what you can get cheaper from newegg.
The 5770 does seem rather light in this build, but you can always add a 2nd down the road.
I'm not a big fan of the CM V8. There are better and less expensive coolers out there like the CM 212+.
Tough to go wrong with the HAF932. It's still the best air cooling case on the market today, so long as dust isn't a major issue where you live. If it is you can consider the 922 but it does tend to be more restrictive. CM 690 II Advance, Lancool K62, and Antec 902 are also great options that have dust filters.
That's a lot of nice hardware to risk on a used psu. Personally I'd pick up a new one . If you're at the limit of you're budget you could always consider a P55-i7 860 build. It'd save you enough to pick up a decent psu to go along with it and you really won't miss a beat.
The GPU seems to be the problem, hmm... well i chose the 5770 because i never have played a game with 1090x1080, max setting, AA, etc. before so I probably just don't know what I was missing
and the psu is less than a year old, i bought it since i was planning to upgrade my GPU then, but it never went through
HIS Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support + Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC combo
Newegg $405-$50 combo - $15 rebate = $340 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(thanks batuchka, saw it on one of your builds)
it solves the graphics card problem and provides a new psu, except it shoots the price up another $200 (shipping and tax included)
Here's the mindset concerning the 5770:
If gaming is your main goal for this build then the gpu should be your primary concern. Virtually every modern (once overclocked) cpu will run games without bottlenecking the video card. So when you spend an ample amount of money on a 1366 setup and pair it with a run of the mill video card, it tends to raise eyebrows.
However... If you plan to use this pc for productivity as you've stated then in my opinion you've made the right choice in favoring a workhorse cpu. The 5770 is not a bad card. It will run a single monitor at 1920x1080 with most settings high just fine. I'm still of the strong opinion that the 58xx series from ATI is aimed at multiple monitors. It's a waste of money imo to pair a 5850 or 5870 to one monitor.
The 212+ will fit in a 922. Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on with Newegg trying to ream people with that price. For the longest time they had it for 24.99.
Best of luck, and if you still have questions feel free to ask.