APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Trying to nail the back to school specials newegg runs, so within the next month or two.
BUDGET RANGE: $800-$900 (if I get a significant difference in performance by adding some more(ex $100) to budget I could consider that)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS, HD, CD drive, Case (though my case only has slots for 4 80mm fans mid tower so if overheating is known for certain components I might find a new case for that reason feel free to recommend without compromising build *I will add funds if needed if cooling is an issue I should be concerned with). I am currently running a 550W PSU depending on the build I should probably buy a new one.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've used AMD in the past, but if intel has something I want, I have no problem using intel.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Either or doesnt matter. I'd rather focus on a single card if I get just as much bang for the buck as dual.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, though I run dual monitors and like to multi-task while gaming a lot (sometimes like to dual box my games one on each monitor) Though the other monitor is 1280x1024.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Games I like to play: Starcraft 2 and I want to run as high settings as I can with new build, WoW, Dragon Age, Fallout 3, and other games of similar content. Was suppose to be an upgrade build, but components have changed in the 3 years since I build this, I basically need new everything. Components I am upgrading or could consider upgrading (if you think I should stick with items I have, which I don't think I should, let me know):
Could consider going for the Geforce GTX470 for similar price as well, would have to switch from ATI board though, and as my understanding is if using ATI it is probably best to stick with AMD since they are basically the same company now yes? Feel free to tear my build apart and make new recommendations, thanks!
Um, that board has anything he could ever want. It overclocks well and has a core unlock feature. Not much more you could use. And size? what difference does size make? As long as its functional, and it is. That is a perfectly good board.
Most asus motherboards have bugs. Usually on AM3 are good. Gigabyte has very few bugs. MSi are also good boards, not all but most.
It depends on the model and socket type. It is better to chose the best quality product witch offers the best value for the money.
The 6gb Kit is used only by Intel chips on socket 1366 so that goes out of the question.
It does not matter if you use AMD CPU's with ATI or Nvidia cards.