APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of weeks, willing to wait if new hardware is being released in the next month. BUDGET RANGE: ($800-$1600) I'm pretty flexible depending on what kind of a difference in performance the money will make.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, multimedia, and some possible photo editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I prefer Newegg, but any US site with a decent reputation and a better deal will do.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't really care... last time I really researched a build, AMD and Nvidia were way ahead of the curve in performance for price. Don't have a great idea of what the current situation is.
OVERCLOCKING: Sure, if the price vs. performance warrants it (Not afraid of it, have OC'd before). SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Again, dependent on price vs. performance.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (I'm running two monitors @ this resolution, but it isn't essential to have both running during high performance games, etc.)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My builds rarely get upgraded... I just sell 'em and build a new rig. That being said, I usually go somewhere around 3 years between builds. So, I'm looking for that sweet spot where I'm not spending a ridiculous sum for a marginal increase in performance, but not scrimping to where my system will be pretty inadequate in 2 - 2.5 years.
I need the most help with the *CPU - motherboard - video card* trio.
I've seen the i7 920 or 930 thrown around as a good high-performance chip, but don't know if it's overkill for what I want, or if one of the AMB Phenom II Black Editions would work out better.
Pretty dependent on the chip. Wishlist: USB 3.0, easy OC'ing if the chip is capable
I've heard G. Skill recommended, I'm thinking maybe 6GB (because of the photo editing possibility).
Again... kinda huh? at the moment. I'm willing to sacrifice some performance while surfing + hulu for the dual monitors (Don't want my video card choice to totally revolve around a dual monitor setup).
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HD Swap to Spinpoint F3 1TB $75 on newegg atm. Better value and performance.
CPU- I7-930 if you want to use more than 2 gpu's or are doing heavy workstation tasks. If it's mostly gaming really, then i5-750, or phenom ii x4 if you wanna save some money, but lose some non gaming performance.
GPU- Single 1920x1080 at least a 5850. Dual, I'd say go 5970.
RAM - G Skill Eco 1600 Cas 7 4gb kit if you go AMD/i5. G SKill Pi DDR3 1600 cas 7 6gb kit if you go i7-930.
Here's a low end of your budget build from an earlier thread
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167023
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Creative Labs GH0100 Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset
Item #: N82E16826158087
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
I've still yet to select a GPU. I've been looking at charts all day and can't seem to decide. What GPU would you pair with this build in order to take advantage of the power it has to offer? Also, the RAM I've selected is the cheapest of 3 nearly identical sets. The other's seem to have better timings... how much of an issue is that likely to be here?
Thanks, so much for the help... I hadn't realized how much things had changed since I've last built a system!
Also, I realize I'm likely to go over my budget here when I settle on a GPU, so... eh, that's OK.
Yea... WoW, Starcraft2, Supreme Commander, and your other occasional RTS and FPS.... Photoshop, etc.
Haha, I know the headset is kinda gimmicky, but when you factor in the wireless, it's not too far off of the other wireless headsets that Newegg lists. Not opposed to another model, just really don't know another cushier wireless headset to settle on