APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Whenever I get finalized the build i want, not in a big hurry so can wait if new hardware is coming out that will drop prices of some of the current high end items.
BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000 preferably getting the best future proof and bang for my buck I can in performance
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web surfing, watching tv
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: not worried about including mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, or OS in this build for the price range but if there are some good deals or preferences on these items I am gonna be shopping around for these.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com but am willing to order from any reputable place
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No brand loyalty. From the research I have done AMD processors seem to have the best bang for my dollar in performance but not set on any brand at all
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, never have but interested in learning and doing it with this build.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, not initially if necessary for performance upgrade in a few years, not worried about this at this time.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don't have a monitor, will be looking at 22"-24" monitors once I have a computer.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want a solid performing computer for a good price. Like the cases to be unique and good looking.
Memory- I am more lost on this than the rest.. figured DDR3 1600 for less need to upgrade in the future.. No idea on brands or differences. Was looking at:
Heres a combo: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3 1600 with a NZXT ATX Mid tower case that looks decent: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler $29.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $192.94
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
(PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready $144.98
80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Total cost right here is 1,110.85. However have 10% GPU so -$23 and $35 in mail in rebate cards +$16 for shipping = just under $1,070 for the entire set up. Only thing I don’t have here is speakers and keyboard/mouse.
This is what I currently have in my shopping cart at newegg so is what my costs would be at this point. Wouldn't mind saving a few bucks somewhere to take this total under $1000 if possible without affecting performance much. Any thoughts/ideas/criticism is welcomed! thanks!!
2. Graphics: The 460 is an excellent choice at your screen res, which will not exceed 1920x1200. The card has a unique design among currently released Fermis, and it runs cool and quiet. - its probably the only nVidia card that "outperforms" current ATI offerrings. If later it turns out you need more graphics power, add a second. The Gig mobo above has the same limitations as the AMD you selected, an X4 (electrical) second PCI slot that will reduce SLI performance by about 10%, but the fps increase for the second card will still be outstanding:
3. Memory: You will not notice a real-world increase in performance by spending more money on memory. 1333 CL9 is fine. Lower CLs if $ difference is very small. 1600 may be somewhat useful if you overclock the cpu.
1. Unlocking + stable is to be seen as a bonus not a given
2. No respectable reviewer had stated the GTX 470/480 a better buy than HD 5850/5870 but dun take my word for it - hit the reviews hehe Unofficially the GTX 460 is about the only Fermi peeps should hit
Yea I was reading about the 470 in CPU magazine.. they did some comparisons between it, the 480 and the 5870... the 470 and 5870 basically split the tests but 5870 won all the 3Dmark Vantage ones... guess the 5870 keeps CF option as well... Thanks for the help so far.
470 is interesting in that it outright sucked at launch, but because of that has had price cuts and the driver team has been working full tilt on improvements, which have made it pretty competitive with the 5870.