Hey guys, I need a little help. I had parts picked out (with the help of some nice folks here) for my gaming rig, but my brother just bought a PS3 Slim and an Xbox 360 Slim with a handful of games (he took the console path instead of building his own PC).
My problem is, now that we have 2 consoles and a handful of games, I may not need some of these parts for gaming. The only PC games I'm looking forward to is Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3, that's it (I want to play these on max settings)
Now I'm thinking, with someone's help, you could find ways to cut costs for 2 reasons: save money, and/or use the money saved to upgrade another part (example, i7 930 to i7 960 perhaps?)
I've always bought prebuilt PC's and they never last more than 2 years for me. The logic for wanting to upgrade from the i7 930 to i7 960 is because, 3+ years down the line, I still want my PC to be able to run everything smoothly with no lag (like opening iTunes, running anti-virus, etc.) By then, I won't be gaming on my PC anymore, it will be more everyday-use. I'm just worried the i7 930 won't be as powerful as the i7 960 3+ years from now, hence it won't run the programs as lag-free as possible.
I'd also like to be able to do minor upgrades (add more ram, crossfire) down the line to increase performance.
The only thing I want to keep is the case. My current pc sounds like a jet engine, even after everything boots up, so I'm thinking, with those huge fans, and the ability to add more fans, my case could keep things cool inside the pc and keep it quiet.
So, will anyone please help me out? Thanks in advance
EDIT: Please shop from this website: http://www.canadacomputers.com/
: Also, when you click on the product, if you scroll down a little bit, it will tell you the ITEM AVAILABILITY. I live in HAMILTON (2nd column 2nd row in the list), if it's not there, I would have to pay for them to ship it here to the city, but I'd rather buy the items they have in stock and save my money and spend it elsewhere.
If those games are the most intensive you'll be getting then you could easily save some money by getting a 5770. Should be able to run those at max (or near max) settings, costs only half. If you might be playing more than that too, you could save a bit by going for a 5850 and clocking it to the 5870 and beyond
That LGA 1366 socket CPU is incompatible with that AM3 socket mobo
err.. yeh, that too
If you're willing to do a small o'c on the 930, then it'll be just as good as the 960, but much cheaper, but going with the cpu's batuchka recommended is a much cheaper option, without a large performance hit (although there will be a bit)