I'm in the market for a new gaming PC and I've been doing some research. I've picked out some components, and am looking for some opinions on the set up. My goal is to have a fairly solid, future ready gaming PC, between $1000-$1200.
Here is what I have so far.
XCLIO Windtunnel Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ECS X58B-A2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
I'm looking for compatibility between the components I've chosen, and any price corners I can cut.
I wanna put something clear here.
3x2GB RAM on AMD X6 is not optimal, and 2x4GB on i7 930
is also not optimal.
Please find out how dual or three channel RAM for those systems.
For X6 and i7/i5 1156 please use 2x2, 2x4, 4x2, 4x4GB RAM and for i7 1366 please use 3x2, 3x4, 6x2, or 6x4GB RAM.
As gaming is your priority, go for i5 760 with msi p55 gd65 motherboard. You wont notice much difference from a i7 930 build. Go for 2x2 gb ram setup as its more than enough for gaming. Use corsair 750tx psu as its cheap and very efficient. I suggest you go for a factory overclocked to 800 mhz gtx 460 1gb as it gives better lower frame rates in games and costs less than 5850. Get a faster hdd like western digital caviar black.
About the GTX460... yup...somehow the price is going down fast!...2 weeks ago..I saw it on my fav store, it was about the same price as HD5850 but today it is about €40-€50 cheaper.
GTX460 is now really actractive, since the price is about the same price as HD5830's.
Its all pretty much been covered.
i5 760 with msi p55 gd65 or asus p7p55d e pro mobo
4gb RAM (ideally 1600mhz, G Skill/Corsair etc)
750W Corsair PSU (Assuming you may want to SLI/Crossfire in future)
7200rpm HDD - ideally Samsung Spinpoint F3
If planning on eventually going 2 card set up I would go GTX 460 (1gb) it is cheaper than the 5850 and in two card set up it performs as well/better due to superior scaling with SLI over Crossfire.
Alternative is to go with AMD:
Phenom II 955 with an 890fx mobo (asus/gigabyte)
The rest is the same except GPU - go 5850 because you cannot SLI on AMD
Possibly, though given how long the 5xxx series has been around I don't expect much performance increases from drivers now, and I may be talking out of my ass here as admittedly in the past I never focused on 2 card set ups so am not an expert, but I believe historically SLI has generally always scaled better than Crossfire