This is going to be my first time building a gaming rig. I dont want to spend more than 800$, but if I need to spend a little bit more it shouldnt be a huge problem. Im trying to make a rig that will play all of the current games out there on Med-High settings with good performence and have it last long enough to play future games. Are all the parts compatible? Here it is:
my brother was recently building a pc with an 800$ budget with the main idea that the PC will be for gaming. It makes a big difference at what resolution you play at, so you should have told us that. In any case here is the original thread of discussion for my bros rig:
Crossfire Radeons (and nvidias offerings!) scale really well now. It seems both companies have really stepped it up. I think it no longer makes too much sense to drop so much money on a single powerful video card, when you can get more FPS in games with 2 slightly weaker cards.
My resolution is 1280x1024. The Radeon 6850 sold me, so I will go with it. Im not sure if I will buy 2 right away because it kind puts me over budget by almost 200$. As of now I'm only playing some RTS games and Heroes of Newerth so nothing to graphics crazy, how well do you guys think it will hold up? Also what do you guys think of this case, does it have enough fans?
And yes your resolution is super low. Single card will be more than enough.
EDIT: If i was you id buy the x4 955 rather than the 965. Its the same processor the only thing thats different is the clockspeed. 3.2 ghz vs 3.4. You can easily overclock the 955 to 965s speeds or better. I know, i oc'ed my bros to 3.6 ghz on air cooling. With the money saved from cpu drop, id consider the HD 6950. It can be easily unlocked to 6970 which is much more expensive.
That would be a great bargain, and would make sure that even if you buy a better monitor you could still play on high fps and settings.
which is 40$ shipped and has 1 more fan than the case you picked. The case wont increase your FPS, so while its a bad idea to choose a flimsy case, a decent case with high air flow is a good option. (pay attention there is a code right under its price in green, which is what you need to enter during checkout to get the discount).
Most likely i will get the same build I posted an image off, except with the case you told me to get. Its too bad im from canada, those promos arent valid for me, but no biggie. Just a question, maybe in a couple of months i will buy a monitor, which gpu should I pair the 6850 with? the resolution would be 1920x1080
catalyst center is for noobs get msi afterburner and enable unofficial overclocking to actually get serious
and one oc'd 6850 is enough for 1920x1080 dual is overkill
1. OP has no prior overclocking experience. To suggest software that can burn his GPU up isnt very prudent, is it? Catalyst only allows for modest OC, which is much safer for novices. Take into account the person's level of expertise before you go running your mouth. If he needs more, he can always install the other available utilities. I suggested catalyst because it works well with oc'ing if you are running crossfire.
2. and no, 1 oc'ed 6850 is NOT good enough for 1920x1080. To suggest that its overkill makes it seem like you havent looked at the reviews lately. Here ill lend you a hand:
Yes its true HoN isnt as demanding as Metro 2033 or Cyrsis, but the only reason im not playing those games right now is because of this piece of junk sitting on my desk, I do want to play those games and thats why I will be getting the 6950.
I will probably be ordering my stuff either tonight or tomorrow, its the same build as before except a diff mobo and ram.
Do I need thermal compound? I read if you are overclocking a cpu you will need better thermal compound than the one that comes pre applied. If i do need, will I need to buy some kind of remover? or can it be applied over the original compound.