Planning to build a new system in time for christmas, my 6.5 yrs old AMD 2800+ isn't doing much now and it seems to be dying.
I don't normally game perhaps due to my PC not being able to game nowadays but I would like to have something which can play games on it if I buy some games in the future not necessarily at the highest settings but playable.
I am using a 19" widescreen with res of 1440x900. most likely to purchase a 23-24" LED sometime early - mid next year.
Main things I do on my PC is surf the net, watch downloaded TV, word, excel.. the boring stuff...
I have a budget of $650-700 but the less I spend the faster I will buy a bigger monitor.
Don't need OS, and optical drives, monitor, speakers, keyboard mouse etc.
I will be buying my parts from brick and mortar stores in Hong Kong so any combo deals wouldn't be useful.
Don' plan to OC as I want the PC to last a good 4 years, my current one did the job quite well.
I will put the value of the parts I am getting here in Hong Kong $ as well as USD
I will be running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CPU: (mainly depends on how much I have left as I see not much difference between them from benchmarks)
Tht build is over my budget already without canceling the combos and mail in rebates...
I thought the GTX 460 was beating the HD 6850 in most of the benchmarks, why the sudden change from one to the other? Do AMD CPUs (Ati) have any conflicts with Nvidia cards?
I think to make cost lower I could go for the ASRock M3A770DE AM3
or the ASRock 770 EXTREME3
the Extreme 3 has USB 3 and Sata 3, its a bit more though... and both have IDE connectors so I can connect my DVDRW and wouldn't need to buy a new one.
Any brands in particular when it comes to graphics cards or anything is fine depending on deals or combos?
Same question for PS, I have a coolermaster 460W but i believe it could be inadequate say 550 - 600W for my build? Suggestions on which one?
As for the Radeon HD 6850 however, things are much more lopsided in AMD’s favor. It’s give and take depending on the benchmark, but ultimately it’s just as fast as the GTX 460 1GB on average, even though it’s officially $20 cheaper. And at the same time it draws less power and produces less noise than the GTX 460 1GB. In fact unless the GTX 460 1GB was cheaper than the 6850, we really can’t come up with a reason to buy it.
I will to check the warranty for those 6850s and the CS etc.
but assuming everything is the same what would be the choice?
Not too sure what you mean about the HD, did you mean you wouldn't go for WD Black and go for the Samsung F3?
The problem here is I haven't found a place which has the F3 in HK. From what i gather the WD Black is the next best thing. If i do spot a Samsung F3 I would definitely get that instead. Is there something which compares to the F3 but which isn't the WD Black and in similar price range?
Also I called the main PC shop and they don't have the ASRock M3A770DE so I will be going for the 770 Extreme 3.