System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light casual Photoshop, internet, streaming movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Prefer AMD as I have heard I will get the best bang for my buck.
Overclocking: Maybe with help.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not within the next year.
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Additional Comments: Need an operating system as well. Found some deals on Newegg that come with Windows 7. I have added my own build below and any input would be really appreciated as this is my first one.
OPERATING SYSTEM- Microsoft Windows 7 $99.99
CASE- XION AXP $49.99
Mail-in Rebate $ 10.00 Combo Price: $139.98
Hard drive -
XFX HD-557X-ZNF2 Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $89.99
Total: 682.91 before rebates($65.00)
617.91 after rebates.
Would this be a good build, and since I have some money left over(YAY rebates!) is there any item that I should exchange/upgrade to make this a better system. Thank you in advance for any help and advice.
This is the build I would make on a $650 budget. It is pretty well future-proofed for the price. SATA 3 and USB 3 on the board and crossfire ability down the road when you want to upgrade. A 5770 is about the highest power GPU I could fit into the build budget and has more bang than the 5570 you listed or the 450 in the post above. It should play just about anything on high (even with some AA) at your resolution.
with everything else that maawdawg has in that build, and have it still be compatible together.
Maybe I missed it but I didn't see a PSU in blackhawk192s build, and adding in another $75 or so would put it close to $700, add an OS would be needed as well, so that would put me over what I can spend at this time.
As far as the RAM goes, is there a noticeable difference between the Ripjaw RAM 4GB and the OCZ Gold 4GB in the builds suggested. I like the lower price of the OCZ, but is it as reliable as the Ripjaw?
That is certainly a better processor but it is definitely a step back in the GPU. I don't think the L3 cache is worth the tradeoff personally. The 4850 is comparable to a 5750, the 4870 is comparable to the 5770 (a bit better performance actually). The 4xxx series cards are a generation older, run hotter, draw more power, and don't support DirectX 11. I don't know if that PSU would do crossfire 4800s well later on, with the higher power draw.
and then still get a 5770 at about the same budget by either going with the XFX 5770 listed in my first post (lifetime warranty) for $155 - $135AR, or if you aren't too worried about warranty go with the HIS (not sure on warranty) for $140 - $120AR and save $15. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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