Question 1 – Is Intel currently the best option in this price range? I have done most of my research planning to build an Intel based PC. However; if I will get a faster pc for the same / less amount of money I am willing to change my initial plan. If you have a good AMD build of the same caliber I am open to posted suggestions.
Questions 2 – I am not sure to go with a GTX 470 or SLI dual GTX 460’s. Would it be worth it to use two GTX 460’s instead of 1 470 right now based on a price / performance increase?
Questions 3 – I am not sure what edition of Windows edition to pick. I do not play any retro games and want the most stable edition possible for a good price.
Question 4 – What Black Friday deals are typical? I heard that cases, ram, hard drives, go on sale but motherboards, cpu, gpu do not go on sale. I am trying to figure out what I can strategically buy early if I see a good deal.
Question 5 – Should I buy the graphics card now? I noticed that newegg is running a 10% off all graphics cards. Would it be worth it to buy one now once I figure out if I what card I will be going with?
Approximate Purchase Date: In the coming two weeks around Black Friday Budget Range: 1000-1300 net, total after rebates, tax shipping etc. System Usage from Most to Least Important: SC2, some high end FPS gaming, movies, surfing the net Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: Possible but need more information OS: Windows 7 but not sure what edition Where to buy parts – Newegg, tigerdirect, amazon
Here is my currently build. This could change if there is a Black Friday deal or deal in the coming weeks that is suggested.
CASE: $89.99 -COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Right now I'd pick Intel over AMD for gaming in all honesty. Actually I've got one of each right now, and although I like my AMD (mostly my motherboard haha), I'd recommend those i5s every time.
SLI 460s > 1 470 easily. There is also a 1gb version of the 460 which is a little bit faster than the 768mb version as well if you are interested.
Windows 7 Pro has an XP compatibility mode feature, so grab that if you're really concerned. I've always just bought the Home Premium 64 bit version myself.
For sales you're sort of on the right track. There are usually some video card deals too, along with what you mentioned. Honestly though, if you shop around a bit and grab some bundle deals and whatnot you'll probably save just as much as if you rush and buy everything on Black Friday. Plus you can pick exactly what you want, rather than just grab what is cheapest...
I'd wait a week or so for the video card(s). The 5xx nVidia series is coming out very very soon apparently...
I am leaning towards getting two SLI 460's. What will my performance increase be compared to the price? I mean total price / speed increase as I would have to buy a better PSU and Motherboard. What do you mean about a compatibility mode feature?