I have been a reader for a few months as i am trying to build a new rig. I am a beginner in the field therefore i have a few questions to ask which i couldn't find the answers from google. I have only bought a i7-950 and 6gb of 1600mhz rams 9cas (3x2gb) i am planning to buy the rest in a couple of weeks. My planned spec would be as follow
My questions are:
1.) I currently own a pretty old 720p (i bought it when it first came out lolz) 32" tv which i plan to use as the monitor as well. It seems that the 5850 alone will support 1080p let alone the crossfire. Therefore should i upgrade my tv aswell?
2.) I am only building this for casual gaming. (SCII, DiabloIII when it comes out and maybe some shooting game) Should i get crossfire or not?
Since your a casual gamer i would say no you do not need to crossfire.
I would upgrade to a 1080p TV,the 5850 should have no problem playing Blizzard games at high settings on a 1080p resoultion and some casual shooters.Is the TV you use only for the mointor or do you watch TV on it?
This rig your building looks pretty serious,espisally for a "casual" gamer.
Since you guys are suggesting single graphic card, should i spend the money investing on a better card therefore i can crossfire that one later if needed, or should i just stick with the 5850 (there's a good deal today on newegg xfx 5850 for $160 i believe). Yeah i want to use that TV as a monitor because it will save me a lot of space doing that. Or else i will just give my parents the 720p for their bedroom and buy a 1080p for myself lolz.
Curious what are the plans for the PC? "Casual" gaming, apparently but what else? If you're not really hardcore about the best graphics then I'd say you're going a bit overboard unless you're into other stuff maybe you do a lot of 3D work or video and audio editing/encoding...
Anyway you already have the CPU so I guess you won't change that... so onto the GPU issue.
Well, I agree with the above. Definitely upgrade to 1080p or even 1920x1200 if you go with a big 30"+ monitor.
At 1080p a 5850 or GTX460 would be good for what you're saying you want to do. They won't max out every game (namely Metro 2033 and Crysis) but it'll be high settings nonetheless. You might consider a 6870 as well which is a tad better than 5850.
thanks for all the helps guys, I really appreciate it. I am going to pull the trigger on 5850 for now, and i will buy another one down the road if i do decide to play games that require more gpu power. I am just going to buy a new 1080p 22" monitor for pc gaming. thx a bunch
Get a 1080p TV then, a decent sized one is like $500-$800 and it'll look much better. Although note that the bigger the size, if the resolution stays the same, you get a less crisp image. For example 1080p on a 24" monitor is way sharper than 1080p on a 40" tv.
The reason i bought the cpu because it was a good deal (235 i believe i bought it for) and i do want my system to last for a few years before i invest in another one down the road lolz. (as u can tell i am not really techy salvage, i am still using my 720p!!! lolz) I just want to be able to play games smoothly instead of relying on the on board gpu from my vaio T_T.
Yeah i am thinking about maybe 22" or 24" max. Space management is such a pain in my apartment and i don't really want to move my whole gaming area setup out of my room T_T. I have my ps3 and xbox setup nicely in big computer desk