I've been browsing these forums for the past 3 years. (since I intended to build my own pc)
Sadly, back then, my dad preferred to buy a prebuilt (Sucky HD3400, AMD and crap parts)
So the last few years I haven't been able to game as much and as good as I'd have liked. (I'm not able to run many games)
But I'm soon moving to my own place, so I'm also planning to make that (small) dream come true and built my own kickass gaming pc. =D
Let's fill in the template:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of June. (in some weeks)
I would like this build to last me 4-6 years. (upgrade possible in the meantime)
BUDGET RANGE: 1500 euros after rebates (so 1600$ give or take)
[+ a few hundred euros. If there are some !!serious improvements!! when spending these extra hundred bucks, I could break my piggy bank ]
But I prefer to keep it around 1500 euros. (to keep it simple)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing/downloading, programming (nothing serious), watching movies, office.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS.
I will buy these seperately (with my piggy bank money ), but recommendations are always welcome! (which version of Windows 7 for example))
PARTS REQUIRED: everything
(also monitor(s), CPU cooler)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - as a reference. (=> No combo deals or any other avaible for me!)
I'll then look for those parts in local shops/internet shops
examples: http://azerty.nl/ , http://tones.be/
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Belgium
(I could go to The Netherlands for cheaper parts)
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
(Intel CPU, 24" monitor, ATI GPU, 6Gb RAM, no watercooling, ... but I'm prepared to give in on those very easily.)
I surely want to try this out.
CPU for sure, and maybe GPU and/or RAM (bit scared about those 2)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
I think this is not possible with my budget. But I want to leave the option open.
For example: go with a single HD 5870 for now and add another one later (when I have the money/when I see the need for it)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
Not sure, but I would like to game in HD, watch movies in HD
So 1080p=1920x1200=around 24"??
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I prefer quality/performance/quitness above blingbling.
I made a little build here, but I'm confident you guys can make it cheaper and better
LIST OF PARTS:
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't know if I should go for a lower priced CPU, as I'm mainly gaming.
I also want to multitask as in: running antivirus without consuming all processing power (making everthing else LAG), downloading, listening music, running several programs while gaming)
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
UBS 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s preferred
supporting 2 video cards (16x/16x) + have enough PCi-e slots left?
Some recommendations here are welcome!
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I think 6gb would be sufficient, preferably fast memory, maybe I will overclock it.
Can I cut back here or is this set ideal for my price range?
SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
After reading a bit this came out as my favorit, (still don't know what brand to take and what vapor or Toxic and all those things make a difference or not)
please confirm my choice or give me a better alternative
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There is nothing bad to be found about this HDD, so I'm taking this one for sure.
Big question is SDD's: I am not convinced about the use of SDD, what performance difference they actually make in gaming, computing, surfing.
Could someone link me to a good comparison/review? on what the actual benefits are of a fast SDD for a user like me?
Maybe you guys could fit one into my budget
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is this a good monitor to game/watch videos in HD? Good quality? Good price? anything better?
I'm planning to go for 3 monitor's in the future (or now if you guys can fit it into the budget )
NOTE: this build is already over my budget (1600$)
Additionnal comments on this build:
What I'm not planning to upgrade for a longer time (last multiple builds?):
Case, monitor, power supply, HDD, ODD, maybe memory, ...
What I'm maybe planning to add in the following years:
2 monitors (eyefinity), an extra HD 5870, an SSD, ...
I saw some 900$ prebuilts coming close to this specs for gaming (AMD, HD5870, 6Gb ram, ... - can't provide links sorry)
So I'm doubting if this is the right build for me, with a good bang for my buck
I hope you guys could cut back the cost / replace with better parts / etc
P.S.: You are not allowed to edit this message!, why you always get this when trying to edit a post?
I read that guide
But in the hierarchy in the end, an i750 is still better then the AMD processors.
So should I take that one?
Outside games, I just surf, download, watch videos etc
I also program a bit (nothing too serious), so I don't think I need a good processor for that. Does the 955 have enough headroom to run multiple applications together with a game?
I like to have some extra power on every part, so I can do whatever I want without having a shortage
1. If u do intensive rendering/encoding especially if time = $$
2. All save one 870 chipset offer 16/4 CF at most which is not advisable for current gaming class GPUs due to lack of bandwidth : so have a look at the only 8/8 870 here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...