My current Conroe E6600 and 8800 GTS system is on its last leg and I need to upgrade before FFXIV, SCII, and Crysis 2. I am not sure if I should try to make my current system last for another 6 months and wait until the next set of cpus and gpus are released or make a cheaper system now and upgrade it up to bulldozer when it comes out.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2-3 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1500 (The less the better)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: SC2, WoW, FFXIV, Crysis 2, Star Wars ld Republic, CAD
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: HAF 932 or Antec 1200
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 currently will upgrade to 1920x1200 in the future
Looking very good.
With 1680x1050 monitor you could get by with a single GTX 460 but you couldn't SLI with that motherboard.
So I'd say 1 5870 now and think about a 2nd if you get that 1920x1200 monitor (or get a 2nd 1680x1050 monitor on your way to an EyeFinity setup).
The MSI 870A-G54 is a Crossfire board - but it does run @ X16/x4 which while not ideal is not actually as bad as it sounds. The 'performance hit' isnt that great.
The BioStar TA890FXE does full x16/x16 CF and it's a relative bargain for 890F motherboards. It also is getting a good reputation for overclocking.