So I've been out of the computer world since I built my last PC (4200+ X2, 8800GT, 2GB). I'm not up to date with current hardware but I'm looking for the best PC I can build for the price, preferably around $700 but willing to go up to $750. I don't need a monitor nor do I need Windows.
My goal: Well, it seems as if BF3 will soon become the standard - SO I HAVE TO RUN BF3 ON MAX! Kidding, but as close to max as possible with this budget of course. In reality, I'd be happy to run The Old Republic, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 etc on high settings without any hitches. Not expecting a god machine with my budget, just something that I can continue to upgrade as I receive future paychecks and perhaps transform into a god machine over time.
I assume you mean ATI 6950, 6970. Unfortunately I can't pull the trigger for a few days late as I'm waiting on a paycheck, is 4GB going to be enough for a ram-intensive game as I'm sure The Old Republic will be?
$743 before MIR. You should bump up to 700-750W preferably from Antec/XFX/ Seasonic/ Corsiar [can try OCZ] if you want the crossfire HD 6870 instead. I would just stick with a 6850 for now and wait for Keplar or how the newer generation AMD graphics turn out [I believe it's releasing this year]. The parts you can get and won't regret are pretty much everything other than the GPU. The HD 6850 will continue to be a good priced card with great performance though. 650W is enough to add on another HD 6850 if you want.
Definitely keeping that in mind, and my apologies for not posting in the correct format. I definitely like the newer vid card in 008' and if its' true the only thing I could possibly regret is not going all out on a video card, than I'd rather go that route. Just debating between the I3 and I5
Like I said, You can buy the i5 2400 for $65 more, but the extra price is worth it only if you do a lot of other things (heavy multitasking, HD Video transcoding etc) on your PC, too, instead of just gaming, watching movies and browsing the internet.