BUDGET RANGE: I'd like to stay as close to $500 as possible.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, gaming, sweet screensavers. In that order.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers. I'm not sure if I should include the OS here or not, but I want to put Win 7 64-bit on this build. Is there an advantage to going with the Ultimate edition over Professional?
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference really. Probably newegg.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Not as of yet. I might make my mind up when it comes time to upgrade this thing
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: What do you guys think? Better to add another card or to get a new one that's twice as good?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I've got an old 1280x1024 monitor that I'll use until I can afford something better. But 1600x1200 is the lowest I'm willing to go when I do pick up a new monitor.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Being able to easily upgrade this mess is a big priority. I'd rather spend a little more now to smooth the going later. Starcraft 2 and Fallout: NV will be the big games that I'll be playing on this. I'm also a Team Fortress 2 addict, but I'm pretty sure my toaster can run that at 1600x1200.
I'm pretty much just want to build a rig that I can upgrade piecemeal until I can run every game that comes out for the next couple years at maximum settings.
At your budget point i wouldn't even consider an AthlonII X4 as quads aren't even needed for gaming but a GPU with as much teeth for your current resolution meanwhile brings that much more on the table for your games hehe
I am olso going to build a ~500$ gaming pc. I have already chose it.So i think it may help you. I have done an amd based pc.it is olso 64 bit windows7 capable.
1.Processor: Amd phenom ii 555 x2 black edition ~100$
amd phenom ii 710 x3 ~95$
amd athlon ii 620 x4 ~87$
(phenom ii 555 x2 is best for gaming & athlon ii 620 x4 is best for multitasking)
2.motherboard: msi 785gm-e65 ~75$
asus m4a785td-m evo ~79$
ecs 785g ~75$
gigabyte ga-ma770t-ud3 ~82
(all are am3 capable)
3. Memory : Corsair/g.skill 2gb ~45$
(both are 1333 mhz if you looking for 1600(oc) mhz it will cost little extra but it will be good for oc )
4. Hard drive: seagate barracuda 250gb ~35$
5. Gpu: xfx 5750 hd ~145$
xfx 5770 hd ~160$
sapphire 5770 hd vaporx ~170$
(5770 will be better option for little extra)
6. Powersupply: you need 450 watt or more .there are many kind of product in market. take one which suits you best .
If you want to xfire in future them buy psu of >750watt.
7. Dvd drive: sony 24x ~20$ .
So the budget is ~ 500$