BUDGET RANGE: >$600 (Canadian Dollars) Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming Specificly; Starcraft 2, Dawn of War 2, Bio Shock 2, Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age. (Not online FPS), Movies, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to stick with ASUS
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe Later In the systems life
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe Later In the systems life
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 for now
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Desk space is at a premium if a mini tower works that would be great, also I have a roommate so noise is an issue. He's not unreasonable about it just does not want something loud either.
MORE COMMENTS: So I was already to buy a new system in the $1500 range but I've had an unfortunate death in the family and the travel expenses ate my computer money, I do need a new system asap though. I posted on another thread about the problem and got a great idea from coldsleep. He suggested buying a good AMD motherboard with lower end parts on it and upgrading later as more funds become available. Well I've got my new starting budget worked out, I should be able to come up with $600 by the end of September.
My thinking is to start with an ASUS board with onboard video, (I know, I know.. Blech) and keep using my old 19” BENQ monitor with it's 1280xs1020 resolution until say next spring. Then I will upgrade to two crossfired cards and a larger HD monitor. If I need to I could also get a duel core for now instead of the 3x and upgrade to a quad later if i need to.
So far I'm looking at
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Yes, that motherboard will support 2 ATA devices. (In neweggs specs look at the storage section PATA)
Based on Tom's graphic card hierarchy chart and min specs on the games listed, Maybe, barely.
That case should do fine , seems to have room for plenty of ventilation, but the fans are most likely lower end and therefore more noisy. You can always upgrade fans in the future.
Don't know how much your area supports craigslist, but I have been able to get slightly used computer parts for a song. Even at a C$ 600 budget I wouldn't settle for onboard video in a gaming system.
650 watts is low for a twin 5850, some quick checking on my part shows about 500 watts peak for the 2 video cards. If you are sure you want to crossfire in the future you will need to change the MB as well, the one you have listed only has one PCI-e x16 slot. Going dual video cards takes you out of the realm of mATX boards so you will have to decide how much desk space you have to spare. There are a few mini towers that are supposed to support ATX, but it isn't worth the potential clearance (and heat) issues IMO.
I nevcer said the 240 was a GREAT card. It is Tom's hardware's reccommended card at its price point, and will play everything he wants at medium to medium-high levels at 1280x1024 (His current monitor resolution) when he upgrades to a better monitor and goes with an SLI setup (probly 460s or 470s in SLI), the 240 is the lowest end card that can do PhysX in the setup
Basically, in an SLI setup, you can set up one card to do all the PhysX calculations for a game or other program that uses it. Thid physx card doesn't have to match the other cards in an SLI setup.
The GT240 is the smallest card that can do that physx calculation.
So, you could, for instance, get this 240 initially, and play games with your existing monitor. Then a few months down the road, splurge about 600 on a nice new monitor and 2 1 GB GTX460s. You'd then be able to use the 2 460s in an SLI mode, while the 240 does all the physics calculations.
The 250 is about $30 more than the GT 240 and from what I've read online a GTS 250 = 9800GTX > gt 240, but is it worth the extra 30 bucks? I'm still not sure about the differances between video cards yet. It's alot more complicated than the last time i bought one.