Long-time follower of Tom's, but excited to be a first-time poster
I am always intrigued by the "Building a Balanced Gaming PC" articles, but I just wish there was more details in those articles to base my PC-building decisions off of (so I decided to make a post here in search of some suggestions I may not have thought of or read about).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I'm in no hurry at all (cash builds up slowly being a college student)
BUDGET RANGE: maybe around $600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, Microsoft office stuff
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, optical drive, case, and if possible would like to re-use PSU (OCZ600SXS)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: doesn't everyone use newegg?
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: n/a
OVERCLOCKING: sure, a little
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: never considered it (and don't consider myself to be pc-savvy enough to manage it properly)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I basically would like to play Crysis at 1680x1050 on very high settings with no AA or AF or any other fancy stuff enabled while maintaining a minimum of around 45 FPS
In order to build a "balanced gaming PC", I was thinking about going with a 5850 and i5-750 b/c of all the good stuff I've read about them here at Tom's, but I'm really just not sure if that will be balanced.
I don't care if the CPU is Intel or AMD or if the GPU is Nvidia or ATI; any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Ok so I've been if thinking the Athlon II X3 440 is good enough to play Crysis on very high settings, then maybe I don't need a whole new rig. Perhpas just the 5850 upgrade will suffice? I'm currently using a Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 3.44 ghz but I fear that I won't get full potential out of a 5850 with this old CPU.
Does anyone have a similar CPU with a GPU like the 5850 that can verify whether or not the CPU will be holding back the 5850's potential in Crysis?
I realize that this topic is quite old now, but I've decided to get a GTX 470 as I got a decent deal picking one up for $250. Unfortunately, I fear that my dual core CPU is not sufficient enough to play BC2. I must say that I'm surprised my performance is so poor considering that my E6750 is running at 3.7 GHz. Despite this relatively high frequency, I get 20-30 FPS in BC2.
I'm sure the 470 isn't responsible for the poor performance, so I'm assuming a CPU upgrade is in order. My question is would you guys recommend that I upgrade within the same old 775 socket (maybe get a Q9550) or start from scratch with a new mobo, cpu, and ram? I realize that it would be much cheaper to simply upgrade to say a Q9550 over the a complete new build, but as far as "bang for your buck" goes, which path is best?
For the heck of it, here's my current setup copied from my xfire page:
Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.72GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Hard Drive: 224 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster T220
Sound Card: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Speakers/Headphones: Turtle Beach HPA2 Surround Gaming Headset
Keyboard: USB Root Hub
Mouse: USB Root Hub
Mouse Surface: Max Payne
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Computer Case: NZXT M59