the problem with building a system today with the intent to use the parts out of it tomorrow is that its hard to say what will be the standard. just think, 2 years ago DDR2 was in the majority of systems built. just keep that in mind as i list my suggestions. enough with the lecturing ;-) heres what i came up with
ah crap, i didnt see that you needed a PSU >.< anyway with what you linked, replace that ram with the mushkin kit i suggested and take the samsung hard drive i linked and that will be a pretty sweet system for the money
Yeah, I had the Kingstons because of their 7 latency (versus 9) and I had never heard of/used mushkin brand.
So here is the final build(About 427$ AR):
Oh, and about the re-usability, I definitely understand where you are coming from. I was thinking of maybe SLI'ing the gfx later? I dunno.
Also, do you think it would be worth my time to wait it a bit for prices to drop? The reason I ask is, black friday is coming up, the ati 6xxx series is coming out, and I guess a new proc named 'bulldozer' is also coming out.
Thanks for the input batuchka. That is a sweet deal. Oh and I did not plan on buying the new 6xxx series, I just meant that maybe the prices of the 5xxx and 4xxx series would drop drastically upon its release.
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
Awesome man, thanks for the quick responses and sourced data.
I can see that the gtx stays quite a bit cooler, and seems to run alot cleaner. Wow.
Well you have convinced me that your build is better, but I wonder if we can alter it a bit for a quad-core?
I only say this because I want to play games like left 4 dead and starcraft 2, two games I know are more cpu intensive. However, if you think the x3 will do fine in these games(won't bottleneck the gtx 460) then I am happy enough to take your word for it!
Oh and keep in mind I have never oc'd anything (sad, I know...)
Hmmm. Can you provide the links to these combos? I can't seem to find them
hey spaniel53, if you are comfortable enough and willing to explore the bios a bit, you could potentially unlock the 4th core on that processor. its not guaranteed that it will work, but there is always the chance of successfully doing it. if you need help, just ask around the forums here and we'll be more than happy to lend a hand. and if your not comfortable doing that, well dont worry about it at all as that system is going to be pretty dang quick as it is
Wow. The X3 is an under-utilized quad core? Interesting. How does amd justify the price when they are using the same amount of hardware? Odd. And thanks for your help too simple_inhibiti! I will certainly look into that.