APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I'd like to finish up sometime this month or next month.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multimedia, Internet, Homework lol
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor- 20.5 inch acer hd
keyboard and mouse
Here is what I have purchased so far:
CM Storm Sniper Case Black Edition
XFX Radeon 5770 1GB DDR5 Video Card
500 GB Caviar Black Hard Drive
Asus DVD-RW Optical Drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any place that carries a warranty, preferably newegg, tiger, amazon, but im open to others if you know them, price matters lol. oh and frys cant forget them.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I was thinking about going with a AMD 955 BE Phenom IIx4 because i heard it has the price/performance and is awesome for gaming. I don't want to drop a small fortune into a cpu if u know what i mean? Tips?
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly further down the road i would maybe add another 5770 if i had to?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm not really sure on the resolution thing, i think i play most of my games on like 1024x768
I believe I am missing these parts and i have these questions about em.
I have no idea what to do here, im wanting something thats going to last and be up to date, and i have no clue about chipsets and stuff, i dont know if i need the latest to perform on the top level and stuff like that. Also i don't know how much the board will play a role if im overclocking?
I was thinking the black edition 955 phenom II x4, i heard it is great for overclocking if i choose to do so?
Are these power supplys pretty much universal, as long as i get a crossfire one, with about 750 watts i should be ok? I know i should probably do a corsair one for sure because its a pretty important component.
DDR3, affordable gaming ram, have yet to decide because i think the motherboard is a decision to make first?
Whats best for overclocking? Id like a nice cooler but not break the bank on it as well.
If u have no apps outside gaming that remotely need the processing power of a 955BE i'd just hit the AthlonII X3 440 and are u saying u usually turn down to 1024 x 768 resolution for settings? If so even a lowly HD 4670 would be fine else game on your LCD's native resolution hehe
Well i like to do alot of stuff like alt+tab in and out of games, so i was just wanting something pretty beastly atm. Plus I noticed a few games i was interested in, recommending a quad core such as Battlefield bc2.
Well I never knew resolution really mattered, so thats what im used to, but i would glady turn the resolution higher on a better pc like this.
Err supporting and giving you playable frames for games at 2560 x 1600 is like night and day LOL I say since u bought HD 5770 dun over analyse and tone down res/settings if u have to on a single GPU set up
Would it be possible to build an i5 750 build for around the same budget? I was kinda debating on paying the extra few bucks for one, any ideas?
Also is the i5 750 any good without overclocking it, i noticed it has a 2.66 clock speed which seems kinda low, what makes it so good against the phenom iix4 955? i mean the phenom ii has a 3.2 clock speed and 4 cores.
If you want a budget gaming machine, it could be worthwhile to:
a) Get a P55 motherboard with an Intel i3-530. It's only dual core, but is easily the best overclocking CPU on the market and since games rarely use more than 2-3 cores, it's just as good as most quad core CPU's for gaming. It will keep up with the 955 in all but the most CPU-intensive games. (roughly $120)
b) Get an Athlon II X3 440. It's the cheapest CPU that still delivers excellent gaming performance and you can unlock the dormant core with some luck. The budget CPU to get atm. (roughly $90)
As for the GPU, stick with the 5770 but get a motherboard that supports decent crossfire (8x/8x or 16x/8x or 16x/16x). If the 5770 can't handle it on its own anymore and you've saved some additional cash, you can just pop in another GPU.
RAM: the cheapest DDR3-1333MHz you can find
PSU: a good 600W PSU, Antec or Corsair are best. DON'T skimp on your PSU.