I am new to building a computer, but want to take the first step towards building a fairly powerful rig. I'd like to do this at a sub $1000 level, but I'm open to going a bit higher than that. Here are the specs so far:
Approximate Purchase Date: Around the 15th of June
Budget Range: $900-$1100
System Usage: Gaming, Adobe Editing
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Display, Keyboard, Speakers
Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I'll consider all suggestions.
Overclocking: Probably not right now, I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject.
The following are the parts I'm considering. Any changes, or comments are appreciated. I would really like to know if I am overpaying for something I really don't need, or if I am getting parts that will underpreform. If something is not compatable, please let me know, since I'm not too sure on this myself.
If you are going to wait until the 15th of June, AMD should have released their next generation chips by then. I would reccomend waiting for that, or switching to an Intel 2500k based build. If you want to stay with current AMD Parts, I would go to a phenom x4 rather than a x6, as you will get higher clocks out of it.
Other than that, I would get a WD Black or Samsung Spinpoint Drive rather than the barracuda you listed.
I am not sure about that PSU. I've never heard of the maker, it could be OK but I would go with a (1) Seasonic, or XFX, decent corsair etc.
Some people may reccomend getting a 6950 and flashing it to a 6970. I have no idea about this though.
Also, I'm checking out WD Hard drives, ad I've heard only good things about them. I've had my Seagate External for a long time, yet I know WD has a great reputation. I might take the memory down to a 500g to supplement the extra cost of the motherboard and CPU.
As far as the card goes, I've heard that doing a Crossfire of two slightly lesser cards is better performance for around the same price. I guess the idea of doing a Crossfire is a bit intimidating though, so I'm not sure if I'd like to take that plunge.
One 6950 2GB should be the way to go. At your resolution and 6950s capabilities getting a 6970 is throwing money away. Just get one 6950 now and CF it later if need be.
U would lucky to grab this reference design board @ 248$ AMIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also going to a 500GB isn't going to save u a lot. Get a samsung F3 1TB @ 64$