I normally research a new build very meticulously for a few weeks at at time every few years when I build a new PC but I simply don't have that option this year as my PC is crapping out on me and I'm working 70 hours a week. So I would appreciate very much if I could get some advice on a few things regarding the current market. As always I trust these forums to be the best place online to get accurate, friendly information.
I am looking to build a gaming PC for somewhere between $400-$700 depending on the bang for the buck. I play some games, do some multimedia stuff, and browse the web, you know the usual. I do not know where the generation gap is for graphics cards and processors right now so if someone could point out where the best value is I would appreciate it. I am and always will be an AMD guy. I would prefer something with the best bang for the buck while keeping in mind future expandability. If that involves doing some core unlocking I am capable of that, but if it is a risky scenario as it has been in the past (e.g. 50/50 shot if you have the right serial number) I would rather pay more for the sure thing. If I can save $100 bucks with a #2 pencil or some other similar trick like in the old days I would be open to that
I also upgraded my graphics card a while back to an Nvidia 9500GT. I don't know if it would be worth buying another and running that in SLI or if the newer cards provide more value. (I also would like to keep it and fix up this old system as a media center eventually anyway if it's not thte best option for the new rig). I always prefer to pay for a little leeway and quality when it comes to a power supply and I prefer something quiet as my pc is near the living room.
HD doesn't need to be over 500G as I have 2TB in external HD's. Alreayd have Speakers, a large HD monitor,keyboard and mouse.
Any general guidance or specific examples would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the response. Sorry about the form. Did not realize it necessary. I am out of the loop so maybe you could explain the new Bulldozer processor to me? Much higher clock speeds or just more threads? If it is more cores will the performance increase be practical and useful when it comes out or is it more of a future proofing thing? Just trying to determine if it is worth the wait. My hand may be forced before then anyway. Oh and I will be running 1080P. Have a nice new Samsung SyncMaster P21350 Widescreen. Also I am in the U.S.
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.