So this is going to be my first home build and I've been reading alot on the threads that have been posted. This will be huge upgrade from my Dell Pentium 4 2.8 ghz and im really excited. First off im not looking for the best or close to the best system, just a really good upgrade for me.
This is what I have narrowed it down too:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: ($500-$550) Before / After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: System is mainly going to be used for gaming but I will be doing some Video editing with Sony Vega.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Power supply: Allied 500w with variable fan control
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU & MSI mobo with a 19" Samsung LCD and full tower case.
CROSSFIRE: Yes , Depending on the mobo that I use.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Im really trying to stay on budget and stick with the DDR2 and not go with DDR3 atm. I will be upgrading to Windows 7 in about 3 months from xp. I will be using my old 160g 7200rpm HD.
Get a decent 80+ certified PSU ^^ Also unless u actually have 4 GB DDR2 of perfectly working RAMs, fresh builds best go with DDR3 as the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms and they cost the same these days
First, thx for the responce. Second, is there not going to be a significant difference between the two CPU's especially for gaming? (Phenom and Athlon) It does consume less power and is cheaper but am I really going to notice the difference?
Another question I have is that I currently have an AGP 7800GS OC that I am running and the 785g has the onboard GPU, will this GPU out perform the 7800gs? I would use this onboard for maybe a month to get HD 58XX series.
Also I was wondering if A 500w PSU would work for this or do I need 750w+?
Sorry for all the questions, im still a noob a this
There is no straight comparison between an AGP and the most current IGP (PCIe version would be better than HD 4200 IGP definitely) but if u planning a HD 5850 look to hit something like a Corsair VX550?