Budget Range: Under $1000 (preferably before rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some coding, definitely streaming 1080p to PS3, school work.
Parts Not Required: NEED EVERYTHING!!!
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon
Country of Origin: U.S
Parts Preferences: quad core unlocked please
SLI or Crossfire: would be a nice option...for future upgrade, too poor for 2 cards right now
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: I'm deciding whether to cancel my laptop rig (Sager NP5165) preorder and getting a cheaper desktop with a netbook. If you have any cheap options for a $300ish netbook or a cheap 15.6 inch laptop, I'd appreciate it. I have 2 weeks to decide whether I want to cancel my order or not so I need options...FAST.
I've already came up with a rough build using an i5 2500K and a radeon 6850...but I may have to tweak it around as I have absolutely nothing to start with and a hard $1000 budget. I'd like to get the build under $900. Ultimately If I can, I want to get a $900 desktop and a $300 laptop totaling $1200.
If you give up on the idea of SLI you can save a lot of money and get a better build, in my opinion you wont lose out on upgradability either. Heres a good $1000 build (no rebates) with everything including mouse, keyboard, OS and monitor.
That took a lot of time and effort to get that within the $1000 budget so you would have to make some comprimises if you want to get it down to $900. This is a great build for the price though. That monitor especially is a bargain, it is 1920x1080 with DVI and HDMI for your PC and PS3. You even get the cables in the box. It looks nice too.
This build comes out less after shipping. Changed a lot of things because of shipping and also items with promo codes so comes out with better parts at a lower price. Although I didn't pay much attention to the kb and mouse. Also added a heatsink to OC. If you can get a student discount windows 7 is $30 on the microsoft site. Edit: Nvm seems it's only the upgrade now.
Would I be losing a lot of power if I went 5850 over 6850. Also if I went 4 GB RAM would it be a bit lacking on the gaming side? I already have a windows 7 pro 64 bit upgrade which has a work around for a clean install so OS should already be taken care of.
4GB of RAM is plenty for games at the moment, as for the GPU's i think the 5850 is actually a bit more powerful. If you already have an OS i would spend the extra $70 or whatever on a good keyboard and mouse personally. I have the Logitech K200 and G500 and theyre awesome. Alternatively you could get a better GPU, 8GB of RAM or a faster hard drive.
EDIT: Just realised that if you have an OS you could just get one of these builds in the $900 budget.
Keyboard Mouse: $27.99
Logitech Cordless Desktop Black RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W Power Supply compatible with core i7
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD w/Speakers
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Total comes out to be: $1067.90 before rebates and tax...still a bit high. I'm not to familiar with other models yet, so any advice would be nice. I can compromise if its a good deal. I like getting the best bang for my buck.
That power supply isn't ideal. I personally don't trust anything from OCZ. You are also missing a graphics card. You want a minimum of that HD 5850 Xtreme for decent 1080p frame rates with modern games. Also, you don't want wireless peripherals for gaming.
I definitely like jmsellars1's build with k1114's GPU and my case, minus the OS, of course. It would be under the $900 you want.
The graphics card is not in the list but I think you still added it in the total. It did just go out of stock, it'll be back in a few days. What is your reason to get that mobo? The hyper 212+ is cheaper on amazon and has free shipping. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
Do you live near a microcenter, they have the 2500k for $180.
There are plenty of ways you can save cash on that build. 500-550W and 4GB of RAM would be cheaper and you wouldn't even notice the performance difference. Also, i would stay away from wireless keyboards and mice for gaming. Sometimes you get a tiny amount of stutter but it's definitely enough to piss you off on a game. I had this problem with a £25 ($40) Trust keyboard and mouse so it's not just the really cheap stuff.
EDIT: That motherboard is massive overkill as well since you don't need SLI/Crossfire). (Unless youre going to get a 700W PSU too)