How are you all doing? Good, I hope it is!
So, some of you will remember me and most of you won't.. for I wasn't really the one to be remembered..
OK, so getting drama out of the way (I don't know why I wrote it!) I am here to ask for help one more time..
I came here before in 2009 asking for a gaming $1400 rig.. plans changed and I couldn't get it, and to make it worse the budget has been cut down to 1000$.. NO MORE!
(Just to clarify.. I have been away from the tech world for almost 6 months so you can imagine what it is and how you should respond to a 'non-techie')
Tell me what you think of:
It needs to be able to run the following good enough.. Games: 1. Crysis 2
2. Splinter Cell: Conviction
3. Assassin's Creed 2
4. Battle Field: Bad Company 2
5. CoD: Black Ops
6. Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions
Programs: 1. Photoshop Extended CS5 and render 3D fluently enough (interactive Reposse`e would be a good sign)
2. Flash Pro CS5
(Forgot to say that the resolution will be 1680*1050 for gaming and 1920*1200 for Ps and Fl )
Also keep in mind that I will be shipping them overseas to Egypt.. So think of international warranty and such (not a necessity though)..
Not the best build I've seen. Also, is the budget $1,000 or $1,200? You say $1,000, but the parts you've got is $1,200. There's a big difference there. Also, do you not need a case? If so, what are you going to use?
A single 5770 isn't going to be great for those games, especially at higher resolutions. I'm going to suggest an i5 build, which would be a little worse than the i7 in the other programs, which may or may not be a huge deal.
Here's what I'd look at (I'm double checking the links/prices):
Basically I wanted it to be as 'secured' as possible..
For the price I forgot to mention that I wanted advice on that too.. (the price I mean)
I had very good luck with WD HDDs (not the same for external though)
I'm looking at the links right now..
I'll use a CM HAF 922 by the way..
I've also edited the main post.
Alright. If you absolutely need to get under $1,000, I'd probably get the HD 5850. The 5870 would be fine for pretty much every game . It'll struggle a little with Crysis (the original) at 1920x1080, but it should still be playbable. I would be amazed if that was still true for Crysis 2. The 5850 would be fine for playing at anything under 1080p. The 5770 just wouldn't be enough power for Crysis (the original or the second) at 1680x1050).
As for WD HDDs, getting a bad HDD is a rare occurence. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 and Seagate 7200.12 are both excellent drives and perform basically the same for a lower price (especially if you can find combos). I wouldn't worry about either of those being horrible.
I didn't really want it to be 'cranked up' for Crysis2 but from the benches the HD5770 played Crysis WH well and Crytek said the Crysis 2 won't be much heavier but still looks better (given their progress in console porting)..
I didn't say they were going to be horrible but I prefer brands..
I'd like an advice about a good thermal paste.. The temp here exceeds 38C most of the time (today it's 46C)