So, I have been trying to determine the best way to go about building my computer. I have decided to use an AMD processor and build around it. It may change depending on your opinions and advice, but AMD seems to offer good value and performance for my needs. Essentially I'll be using the computer for gaming, multimedia, and light video/pic editing. I don't require something thats absolutely crazy, but I want it to last for a while.
So, based on my needs are the following components I'm going to use going to be sufficient for my needs? I would like for this to last about 2-3 years. Also, based on what I have written down, please feel free to advise me on other parts I should consider using and the reason. I would greatly appreciate the help
CPU: AMD phenom II x6 (1090T)
MOBO: Crosshair IV formula
RAM: Corsair dominator gt 1600 mhz
HDD: SSD (128GB) -- HDD: WD Caviar black 1TB
Case: Cooler Master Cosmo S
Video Card: Either a 5970 or gtx 580 (just want something current)
PSU:? (Need to know what to get based on what Im putting in..may need a 1000)
Sound card:? (i think theres a good one built into the mobo)
Please just give me some input as to how I can improve on this system! I am glad there are people that are willing to go out of their way to help someone thats just getting into this
Essentially I'll be using the computer for gaming, multimedia, and light video/pic editing. I don't require something thats absolutely crazy, but I want it to last for a while.
1055T/1075T + decent air cooler is also an option while the premium going from 8/8 to a 16/16 like CHIV is, for me not worth it so have a look at Asrock 800 series with CF capability (870/880G ATX) If Image/Vid edit is really minor i wouldn't rule out a Deneb 925-955BE either
With CF scaling of HD6k excellent and Cayman Pro/XT incoming i would either hit a HD 6870 or wait
But you don't need CF if you buy a very powerful video card, by the time a HD 6970/GTX580/HD 6970 will be unable to run the games they will be old technology so you'll better sell the old card and get a new one.
For the video card wait a little, this month AMD will release the HD 6970, if anything the GTX 580 and HD 6970 will be cheaper. The 6970 herself would be worth considering.
Also you can buy something like two HD 6850/6870 and crossfire right away.
For a single powerful card or the crossfires above, a 750W PSU (Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec) will do.