Thanks for checking this thread out. I've had my Athlon 64 rig for the last seven years but recently, the PSU and motherboard have started to fail. Needless to say: it's time for a new setup. Below are the suggested things that were asked to provide, along with some things that I was looking at. It's important to me that this new PC be relatively future-proof and that Starcraft II work well on it.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
- Between 2 to 4 weeks, excluding shipping time.
- $500 - $600 to spend on:
- Video card
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
- Photoshop CS5
- Idle, unattended on-time
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
- Hard drives
- Media drives (DVD, CD, etc.)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
- FutureShop.ca (only for the video card)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
- Quebec, Canada
- Corsair power supply
- GTX 465 or Radeon 5770
- Thermaltake case
- Maybe, if I learn its intricacies.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
No. No money for it.
- I have a 135$ gift certificate at FutureShop, which is the reason why I would like to buy the video card from there.
- I don't care for aesthetics.
- I would prefer to get an nVidia card; I don't trust ATI drivers. In addition, it's important for the card to be DirectX 11 compatible.
- I'd like it to be as future-proof as possible. My last computer has lasted me seven years, I guess I'm at least expecting 4?
Below is a list of what I was thinking of getting:
- Should I dual boot XP and Windows 7, or stick with the latter?
- Would it be worth it to wait for the new CPU architecture or stick in this generation?
- From what I gather, 4 gigs of RAM is the standard. Is it worth it to have more?
Thanks for reading! I look forward to your advices.
I would stick with newegg for the cpu the 1090T is $70 cheaper there i would get the 1090T its
6 real cores vs th i7's 4 with smt the amd might be a tiny bit more expensive then the 920 but when you start looking at the price of intel cpu motherboards you will probably save more money in the long run but picking the amd will most likely leave you with an ati gpu based motherboard i looked at some benchmarks and theres not that great of a difference between the two so go with the amd as its motherboard will save money and probably have more features then its intel counterpart
I'd really like the idea of getting a 460 over a 465, however, FutureShop doesn't have the former mentioned. I'm looking more and more into the Radeon 5770 because it supports DirectX 11 and it's considerably less expensive than any DirectX 11 compatible nVidia cards.
Does anyone know what socket will the new processors use? Will they even be designed for gamers or for servers?