PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever is the best deal, Windows 7
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 by 900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Run Crysis on max with very playable framerate.
I was thinking about doing a 5870 build but that stretched my budget a tiny bit. But if it gave the best performance I would definantly be fine with it. I think I was working with a Phenom x4 955 and an XFX 5870. The rest was unknown. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!
How does a 5870 stretch the budget? I've got build priced with the X4 and 5870 starting at $1,000...
I should point out that even that much power isn't required to play Crysis at your resolution. You'd get by with a 5770. Also, depending on how much you use AutoCAD, I'd look at some nVidia cards, specifically the GTX 460.
Anyway, here's the best gaming build for $1,100, but I'm still working on one that's a lot different to account for the AutoCAD work:
That looks great. And AutoCAD isnt very important, just a little side hobby. Also, it stretched the budget a bit since I always forgot to put in the OS so it put me over the edge a bit. Also, that i9 and motherboard deal isn't available anymore, what is another good motherboard that would fit all my needs?
You need a CPU cooler, but the CPU will come with a stock cooler that's sufficient if you don't try to push the CPU higher. If you want to overclock, a couple of good coolers are the Sycthe SCMG-2100 ($35) and the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (should be $30, don't get it from Newegg, it's price is inflated right now).
You certainly don't need to replace the case fans.