I have used Tom's Hardware for years to get benchmarks and reviews on computer components, but this is the first time I have asked for advice on a build. I'm sure all of you know just how much info there is to wade through about pc parts on the net, so I was hoping to get some reviews of my build before I buy to get other people's opinions on parts (I'm not very experienced). Anyway, thanks in advance!
I have two different builds, one if I choose to go with INTEL, one if I choose to go with AMD. Both builds have the same basic parts, so I will separate the AMD and INTEL specific ones.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 7 days
Budget Range: $700-$900 CAN After Rebates (Well, I suppose up to 1000 is okay, as long as it's a good rig )
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HTPC, Video Editing, Modding, Surfing the Net
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse (If anyone knows any great keyboard/mouse deals, I'm all ears, but I can make do with what I got.)
Preferred Websites for Parts:Tigerdirect.ca (Store right by my house), newegg.ca, any reputable Canadian website
Parts Preferences: I prefer INTEL and NVIDIA, but I'll go for AMD/ATI if it's a good enough deal.
SLI or Crossfire: Likely, in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900+
Additional Comments: Should have SATA III (6gb/s) and USB 3.0 support, I want it to be "future-proof".
The Bottom Line is that I need a computer that will last me at least 2 years with upgrades. I do not expect it to be anywhere close to high-end at that point, but I will be off to university summer of 2013, and I would like to be able to stretch the lifespan of this PC to match that. Also, gaming will be less important to me in 2 years, but I would like to be able to still play new games and such, even if it's at low graphics settings ( ).
Good power supply advice! I have my video card options separate from the other parts (it's in the second last paragraph). I was planning on Crossfire 5770s or a single GTX 460 and upgrading to SLI later. But if I decide I don't need SLI for another year or so, maybe you're right and I should go with less power. Oh, and thanx, hadn't heard of 1075, will check it out.
Looks good! I'd probably go with the 965 (cheaper than 955 at TD!), and a larger power supply/hard drive, but that is a surprisingly cheap build considering it has the HD 5850! Will definitely consider it.
Also, this is a bit of a side question, and I know the answer is often changing, but what is the current status of the x16/x16, x8/x8, x16/x4 scaling debate? Especially on cards like the GTX 460, 5770, and 5850.
Well, you can wait for a few weeks for the ATI 6 series to show up, that will drive the current GPU prices down.
If you get something like a 5850 you don't need crossfire, the current cards will be obsolete anyway by the time that card won't be able to run the games. Few people buy now or will buy another HD4xxx or GTX2xx in order to make his CF/SLI, especially if the have the more powerful cards in those series, the cards are already outdated so they just change their card with something new.
For a single HD 5850 a good 450W PSU is enough.
You can also start with two GTS 450.
For any card but the most powerful ones (5970, 480), x8x8 is enough.
Thanks again for the advice you two. So do you think it would be better to get two 5770s or a 5850, or a 6700 series? I suppose I could survive another month with the PC I've got... What do you think we could expect in terms of price drops?
Anyway, thanks for the crossfire/sli and PSU advice Mosox. I'll probably still get a 600w PSU or something, for peace of mind . Also, thanks for the scaling tip, Screwy