BUDGET RANGE: $1100 would be ideal, but willing to give it some leeway if it will make a noticeable difference.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (I'd like to be able to run the GTA IV processor-heavy and the Crysis visually-intensive games equally well), internet surfing and streaming video, MS Office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitors (I have two of these from a few years ago, and one of these that I'm also thinking of using), speakers, OS, DVD drive.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, wherever else the deals are.
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, I just want the best performance for the money.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but not EXTREMELY EXTREME OCing or anything.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If budget allows, or possibly somewhere down the line when I'm yearning for a boost.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
Well, I built my first computer five years ago and haven't really followed the hardware game since then, but I've been lurking around and trying to see what's up these days. I guess I have a few main questions:
Does AMD still provide the best performance to price ratio? Which platform should I choose? On similar lines, ideally this computer needs to last for a while (at least 3 years) and upgradability is definitely a factor.
Would it be worth it to wait a while for current prices to go down (i.e., will there be any new hardware coming out soon that will drive down prices on old stock)?
Finally, are there significant gains to be made with new monitors, or does 1440x900 still cut it? Also, would using my 32" LCD TV in my setup be a stupid idea?
1. Yes, AMD still offers the best performance/ price ratio
2. The GPU prices might go down next month as Nvidia will be launching their newer cards so ATI would respond with a price cut to stay in competition...
3. Well 1440X900 still is a decent resolution, so its fine...
Using the 32" moght not be a good idea as the resolution is lower than your current monitor resolution...If it was an 1080p, then its fine...
And you get 21"=23" 1080p monitors for about ~$200...So its upto you to decide if you want new monitor right now...
That looks like a pretty nice setup, thanks. If I were to throw in another 5850 sometime down the line, would that CPU let it reach its full potential? Also, is there anything to be gained by getting a 965 instead, or with overclocking will it all pretty much be a wash? Thanks!
That being said, if you want to go Intel, the i5-750 is an excellent processor...but the AMD Phenom II X4s are also quite good, and the platform cost is usually a little cheaper, potentially allowing you to afford a better graphics card.
Ok, so I've got a line on free HDD and optical drive, so I can pump that money right back in to the system or save it to make upgrades later. I took your same basic setup and tweaked a few things around.
All this adds up to just over $600 before shipping. So my question is what video card(s) should I get? A pair of 5770s? A single 5850 or 5870? Two 5770s would give good performance now, but limit my upgrading options down the line (unless I were to toss them in favor of new cards, which would just be pissing $325+ down the drain), so I'm guessing it should be a 5850 or 5870. Also, I heard that the 5870s are pretty long - would one (and probably a second in the future) fit in that case?
Also, does anyone have any suggestions of a good HSF? Thanks!
^ Well if you will be going with HD 5850/ HD 5870 and might add 1 more later down the road, then get a higher powered PSU...
HAF + CM Real Power 700W http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Dont get the CM GX series PSUs...they are not good performers...
But a heads up on the Real Power...This PSU has more than enough power for 2x HD 5870s...but you would need to use power adaptors to power the 2nd card though...