I've been tasked to build a PC specifically intended for gaming. But I'm not really a gamer... The PC should be able to run games at highest settings comfortably for at least a year.
I've tried to include updatability. I'm using ATI cards for this AMD set-up. But is crossfire as flexible as SLI? Meaning can I just put in any ATI card in a year and will it work in crossfire or will I have to use a similar card?
The budget should be about € 700 (about $ 977) but must include a legal Windows version (not my call) so that's only € 600 ($ 877). Feel free to use $. Tho note that I of course can't do rebates and such.
I use newegg links for your convenience but I will be getting the parts elsewhere.
(Note) Most of the time :
Basically if you found USD300 in newegg, you will find also at least €300 in europe (or even more expensive).
The USD977 to €700 conversion is mostly only in your dream, at least it is so in Germany.
BTW, I'm thinking of getting an EVGA GTX 460 in stead of the 5770. Only issue is the expandability later on. I mean, SLI won't work on this mobo and the site I'm using doesn't offer acceptable SLI capable motherboards.
If have decided to go with mosox built, I wanna comment something about that :
1. The fourth core could be activated in X3, but no guarantee the unlocking will be succeeded, but if you get directly a X4, then you will have 4 cores with guarantee.
2. Corsair 450VX has only 1PCIe power cable, this will be difficult if you wanna replace your GPU even with a single HD5830 or GTX460, which requires 2 PCIe cables. Please reconsider this.
I have replaced my 450VX with 750HX because I wanted to replace my HD3850 with a HD5850 (a second HD5850 is coming next year along with new proc, mobo and RAM).
3. AsRock is a price/performance monster but it is on my second Tier of mobos, if you can still afford it, ASUS, Gigabyte, or MSI is better.
The rest is OK.
Prices are somehow a bit lower in Netherlands than here in Germany.