Approximate Purchase Date: About 2 Weeks Budget Range: $1000 before MIR and Shipping, $1100 is ok System Usage from Most to Least Important: Current Generation Games with Close to High settings, play the next few generation of games with at least default settings. Parts Not Required: We're starting from scratch here. (Minus Speakers - have those)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, but willing to try other sites as long as they are trusted and reliable, however, I would prefer to get all my stuff from one source if reasonable Country of Origin: USA Parts Preferences: Not necessarily, I lean towards AMD and Nvidia, but I'm not committed to either Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 Additional Comments: The goal is to have a system that feels fast, I've rarely had the latest and greatest. Of course I'd love to play games with high settings, but also important to me is stability and temperature.
Here is what I've cobbled together on my own:
OS Windows 7 OEM - $100
Monitor Acer G235HAbd 23'' - $150 - Link Not sure what makes one monitor better than another, but this is a great size for a fair price.
CPU/MoBo/RAM/HD (NewEgg Combo) - $400 - Link
This SuperCombo includes:
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard (Model:GA-890GPA-UD3H)
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 Desktop Memory (Model:KHX1333C9D3K2/4G)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model:ST31000528AS) This deal could be gone is a few weeks, the other deal I was looking at is , but the main point here was I really like the sound of a six-core CPU. The HD size doesn't even need to be that big, I could make due with 600-800 GB if it means saving money for something more elsewhere.
Video MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $250 - Link Like I said, I'm not committed to Nvidia, but it's what I've had most often. The idea here was "What's the best video card I can get for around $200", then I started to try to build a new system altogether . It's been awhile since I've had a current generation video card. I only picked MSI because it had the highest rating at NewEgg.
PSU CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W - $90 - Link I've heard many good things about Corsair, are they true ? I think this is a good choice, if I were to update the video card in a few years I'd probably need to upgrade this as well, but I was thinking this should provide me with more that enough power for what's here. If I am wrong though, please educate me.
Case Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $110 - Link I like that the inside is painted, the huge fan on the top, the PSU goes on the bottom, and it includes total 4 fans preinstalled.
Other - $40 I realized I forgot to find a disk drive when I was searching, but honestly a $20 DVD Drive will do just fine, and if I don't like it my current rig has a decent burner. I could just swap them if needed. As for Keyboard & Mouse, I have a nice HP keyboard/mouse, so I could buy generic replacements for my current and just use those. But! I think it'd be cool to have a backlit keyboard, as I wake early and can't have lights on or I'll wake my wife. I'd also really enjoy a click-less mouse, if there is such a thing.
TOTAL - $1140
So I can't even stick to my own budget... I know there are cheaper parts out there, but I worry to get something cheaper I may get something with little value. SO, it's your turn. And I thank you for any advice, and I welcome any questions, for clarification, or just for curiosity.
The Corsair 650TX is not a good buy these days, as it has been replaced by the new 650TXV2 which are better in that they have a decent level of efficiency and the performance is very nice (the old ones are even likely to be different units to the ones originally released and reviewed). The second reason not to get an older TX is because the Antec Truepower New Modular 650W unit is more efficient, modular, cheaper (same price after you take the rebate on the Corsair units) and has four PCIe connectors (which even the new 650TXV2 doesn't have).
The Asrock 870 Extreme3 is a very nice motherboard.
That combo isn't the greatest... The parts below come in at $355 and should perform the same (or more likely better)
WoW, thanks! Are there any articles about diminishing returns on more cores at a slower speed. I'd like to learn more about that sort of thing. I can't deny 3.4 is better than 2.8 especially when lots of stuff still doesn't use multi-cores the their full potential. Currently I'm switching to your recommendations, they all look good.
The 560 Ti is a fine card, however the HD 6950 can be had for $220ish and has a bit more muscle...
Is there an easy way to see how much better it is, or can anyone speak to this from personal experience with the HD? I will research this, but any helpful links would be ... helpful.
The Corsair 650TX is not a good buy these days, as it has been replaced by the new 650TXV2 which are better in that they have a decent level of efficiency and the performance is very nice (the old ones are even likely to be different units to the ones originally released and reviewed). The second reason not to get an older TX is because the Antec Truepower New Modular 650W unit is more efficient, modular, cheaper
Thanks for the heads up. Is this the PSU you were reffering to? Link I want to make sure I found the right one.
The Asrock 870 Extreme3 is a very nice motherboard.
It'll give you WAY more performance than the AMD build. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288
If you look at the bottom, the 2500 is better for gaming than the 1100T. It gets way less frames than the 2500, in fact the 2500 gets double the frames the 1100T gets.
Also another thing, with the money saved, in my build I suggest the 6870. But with the money saved from tiny tweaks (that's about $60) you can get a 560 Ti or a 6950 2GB. At your resolution the 6950 2GB would be the better of the two, the 560 Ti is good at lower resolutions like 1680x1050. But the 6950 2GB wins @ 1920x1080.