System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, SCII, etc., max settings not absolutely critical), General use (photo editing, surfing, word processing, etc)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Biased toward Asus MB
SLI or Crossfire: Not likely
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I have a usable system now (8800GT Video card, Q6600 Intel processor (quad core), 1 GB RAM, 750W Seasonic PS, CM 690 case; you get the idea), and my intention is to run both systems through one monitor- the first for video editing and general storage, the new one for general use. In the future I want to deconstruct the oldest and rebuild to stay afloat of the technology, repeating every 2-3 years or so.
Reading many posts, the following appears to be a consensus of sorts to build a bang-for-the-buck system:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM 18.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 74.99
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 186.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 74.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM 179.97
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 159.98
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler 157.98
I really appreciate the comments and advice the community offers on builds this this one, and I was hoping you'd be kind enough to weigh in on this particular set. The total price rests at 858.88.
Do you see any incompatibility? Do I have better options with any of the components? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
If u were on a single core or very dated 939/775 dual core like A64 X2 3800+/ E2140 then yes a new machine would make sense but if i were u i'd hit an after market cooler, OC that Q6600 and hit that HD 6850 ^^
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.
Thanks for the quick reply! Great advice, and I'll have to reconsider the need/desire for a new system. A new video card and some RAM might buy another year or two.
Upgrading to Win7 is also attractive (using XP atm).