Ok here's the deal, I have around 800 dollars to spend and I have been shopping extensively along newegg and tigerdirect for the best deals to build a budget upgradeable pc for my brother. I'm going to list the components I have selected and I want to know if what Im picking is going to be cheap, stupid, or can be upgraded at the same price to something that works better.
1. AMD Phenom 940 Black 3.0ghz 2mb L2, 6mb L3, 125W = $120
2. OCZ Gold 4GB DDR3 1333MHZ (Because MOBO likes it better ) = $70
3. MSI NF750-G55 SLI = $100
4. Case - I dont really care = $50ish
5. Rosewill RV2 - 700W SLI PSU = $50
6. I Inc 28" 3ms HDMI LCD Monitor = $250
7. Speakers - Ill get em some other time
8. Mouse/Keyboard - whatever we got in the house
9. Hard drive - 800GB 64mb cache = $60
For the GPU Im considering two 9800GTX 512mb GDDR3 with the SLI interface. Im not sure if thats the most budget friendly solution from where Im shopping. If someone can send me a link to a cheaper pair of cards that operate at the same frames in games like crysis, l4d2, HL2, and TF2 at a x1200 resolution then I will love you!
I found 1 for $120 on Tigerdirect.com.
Any advice on how I can be more budget friendly and increase performance please let me know because I want to build this rig before August 4th.
First off, hell no to the rosewill PSU, there is no good 700W PSU for $50.
After that your parts seem a bit convoluted and wont work. You have DDR3, an AM2+ CPU that can only use DDR2, an 800GB HDD(never seen 800GB didnt know that was possible), and planning to start with SLI?
Not good picks at all, sorry. I will try to put together a better one for you.
Edit: Sorry just seen you were interested in SLI. If you're just playing those games SLI might end up costing you more for just a slight edge in performance. If you're wanting to go with the 9800 GT's I would just go with the 5770. But if possible the 4870 or 4890 pair would be really awesome =] But would be overkill for those games, I use just one 4890 and play most games with full settings on a 1680x1050 resolution. Judgement call on your behalf =] Try going to Youtube and looking up game videos with the cards you are interested in.
omfg jyjjy you are the bomb man. How do you find these deals Dam! Im going to order this right away and start building. Thanks to everyone I now see that my build is garbage and you guys rule. Ill see you in the troubleshooting threads