Hey guys, doing a build for a friend with his budget. Here goes;
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, probably as soon as as we finish this build online.
BUDGET RANGE: Close to $1200 (not going over it) (no mail-in rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft 2, multitasking (iTunes, chatting, surfing, anti-virus, etc.) are all tied and everyday use (such as watching videos, Blu-ray quality movies, etc.,) and school
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse and keyboard, speakers, monitor, ODD/HDD are being salvaged.
^ Hi there...
Looking at his requirements, I dont think he would need the i7 9xx...
I would rather suggest the i5 750/ i7 860 for his usage...
The overall platform cost would also go down...
And i5 750/ i7 860 are really fast CPUs - i5 750 is comparable to i7s in gaming and in other tasks though slower but just @ 2.66GHz, are faster than the fastest Phenom clocked @3.4GHz...
I've been here a short time but I know enough to trust you (I enjoy reading these threeads) but he really has his eyes set on those 2 parts. He'll actually be over at my house this afternoon in the hopes of buying the parts right away.
My guess is he's just wanting to future-proof his CPU, just like his CASE. Everything else can pretty much be thrown out and replace, my guess anyways.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Starcraft 2 is the only game he'll be playing (on max settings), so it's not really a gaming rig.
Not a gaming PC? So he might be willing to compromise on the SC2 on Max settings? If he's not, there's not really any point in calling this build anything other an a 'gaming rig'. That SC2 request will trump all other hardware requirements.
He's paying the bills so he gets to choose. For a single HD 5850 which is about as low a GPU as you want to go with a 1920x1080 monitor/TV a good 500W PSU is fine. Antec EA-500D Green EarthWatts 500W would cover everything in a single video card system.
I cheaped out on the GPU because I'm willing to play on medium settings for Starcfraft 2 and play on a small monitor instead. When I save up more money, I'm either going to buy another GPU and crossfire, or just buy an entirely more powerful card. This way, the other components would be able to handle it with ease.
I'm also going to cheap out on the memory and stick with 4 gigs (planning on getting more 6+ gigs when I have the money saved up as well).
What do you think? And recommendations for 4 gig memory? I'm a little over, but it can't be help. Again, I do apologize for any trouble's I've caused.
Is there a Quad Crossfire setup in your future? XL-ATX will not replace ATX any more than E-ATX did. It will just be another specialized offshoot for unusual configurations.
Corsair 550VX is 'right sized' for 2x 5770s. A Corsair 650TX should handle any single current and future video card... except the GTX 480 and the dual GPU types like HD 5970.
Asus P6X58D-E is not a bad choice if you're interested in USB3 and SATA 6GB/s. Since you have these features built into your MB you won't need extra expansion slots to add in USB3/SATA 6GB/s expansion cards.