Good evening everyone and thanks for taking a look at my thread. I'm wanting to build a second desktop but I'm starting from complete scratch. To make things more interesting/challenging, I'd like to play games at as high a level of performance I can with the lowest cost. I've skimmed through tecmo34's recommended builds and a few of the answers to a question similar to mine so if the answer wouldn't be different, just tell me to go pound sand. If not, here are the details:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible.
BUDGET RANGE: 800
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing, Applications (in that order)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None (I need them all!)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reliable site.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States of America
PARTS PREFERENCES: None.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (though realistically not at this price point).
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (though realistically not at this price point).
MONITOR RESOLUTION: No preference (though as high as possible)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Again, I need EVERYTHING (monitor, keyboard, Windows 7 OS, etc)
Hmm then cut down to a Rana X3 and possibly a HD 5770?
Sounds solid...thanks again for the recommendations.
Since I've got you "on the line", for the second workstation I also have an older Dell Dimension E521 (AMD Athalon 64 4400+, Radeon X1200/1550, 2GB RAM) that is somewhat acceptable but getting a bit long in the tooth. Would it be worth trying to upgrade the innards or simply more economical scrapping all but a few pieces for another build (on the cheap, mind you)?