APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of August/Early September
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 After Rebates but not including gift cards
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW,SC2,MOW2,BFBC2,Diablo 2, etc.), multitasking (music,vent,internet, gaming at same time), School Work (Office, possibly CAD), Light image editing (Photoshop, Sony Vegas), Watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything i.e mouse/keyboard/monitor/OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US of A
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, convince me towards a side
OVERCLOCKING: More than likely in the future
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not planning on it
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever you guys choose (hoping something around 1600 or bigger
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Haven't built a computer completely from scratch but have upgraded them and been inside of them alot. Please make sure I have all of the cables,thermal paste Ill need. Speakers if they will fit would be nice. Not sure about the Mobo either.I really didn't know what to do for GPU so went with 470, I am a little bit over my range now. Make sure it has everything you would need for a computer you would get out of a box. This is my build below:
forgot a PSU so I am really over now, ill have to take out the SC2 for now. Ive never heard of the Palit brand so that is not what I went for. What is the noticeable difference between the 5850/460/470? Also what size PSU will I need? I was thinking 650W. I like that case/CD combo better also, its cheaper.
The three GPUs, at stock speeds, will go 460, 470, 5850 slowest to fastest. However the contest is fairly tight and this will vary depending on factory overclocks and drivers and which game you are looking at.
Only get the GTX 460 1GB version, not the 768MB. I think that would be a reasonable compromise.
A few recommendations 1) drop the tool kit and anti-static strap for Rosewill RTK-045 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit Instead since it's about the same price and has every thing the other has plus a few other goodies that could be useful. 2)Like others have suggested you will get better performance from a ATI HD 5850, also according to AMD running their chipset, processor, and videocards together will give you better performance.
Just a note hear the heatsink that comes with your processor comes with thermal paste preapplied but the Artic Silver 5 is superior so it depends on if you plan to be resetting the heatsink or if you prefer a high grade of thermal compound.
Decided to go with a 460 for now. Would my chosen motherboard be capable of SLI later on or should I change that now? All the tests I saw showed the 460 hanging with or above the 5850 and right below the 470.
I don't get what you meant with all those parts? What were you swapping in and out? Everything I have read is that its good to get one card and then be able to get another one later on. I also didn't know what the verdict on 955/mobo vs the i5 750/mobo for ~75 more is.
Alright sorry to confuse you, but you did link that.
You need an SLI capable board. Motherboards with AMD chipsets... like the 880G you originally linked or the 890GX or the 790X are not capable of SLI. Only crossfire.
The best way to do SLI is to get a capable P55 board, and that means the extra expense of an i5-750 or such. If you like, you could step down to a less expensive processor for that platform, like this:
Again sorry about the delirium. What I'm saying here is that you are going to need to re-think everything to stay in budget with an SLI setup. I'm offering some examples of good deals to build a system around.
Now I get what you meant, but I was thinking of switching cpu/mobo to intel if there was a noticeable improvement. I am not concerned with SLI after looking at the games I play (not interested in metro 2033 or Crysis 2). I will just stick with a 460 or 470 for now.