Finally decided to build my own, top-of-the-line gaming computer. Problem is, last time I knew anything about current hardware, was when the 9800 Pro was ubiquitous. I did a little research and have a preliminary layout for what I want:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of August
BUDGET RANGE: $900 - $1100
SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, although I'm open to any other cheaper suggestions (if the quality/reliability is just as good!)
PARTS PREFERENCES: None, as long as its cheap and performs well
Haven't decided yet but it's probably going to be a basic DVD-ROM drive
Basically I'm looking to have the most bang for my buck at a price of around $1000. These products come just shy of a grand on newegg. What do you guys think? Are there any products you think might work better for what I want? Thanks for your input!
First, the Centurion (a decent low end case) will be a very tight fit for the 5870. And forget about Crossfiring later.
Second, that board isn't the best choice. It's expensive because of the 8xx chipset (which you don't need) and won't be good for future proofing because of the useless second PCIe 2.0 slot running at 4x. If you don't want to Crossfire, you can get a great board for $80.
Third, that WD HDD is slow. Really slow. And expensive.
Here's a much better build at the maximum budget (checking that the combos and prices are still the same):
These all look like great setups... Thanks for the input!
I am curious about the processor though... Is one brand better than the other? I've heard from some that Intel is generally better, but at the same time it might be one of those things where it's a marginal difference at best. Also, should I get artic silver, or just stick with what they give you out of the box?
It's pretty much a budget decision. AMD's CPUs offer excellent performance for their price, while Intel's CPUs are more expensive, but a little more powerful. As far as quality, there isn't a difference. AMD typically offers more control on the exact settings of the CPU.
Unless you're trying for a really high overclock, you should just stick to the thermal paste that comes with the stock cooler (or aftermarket cooler).