Budget Range: ~300-400 After Rebates... The lower the better
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Entry level budget build that I can slowly upgrade to a respectable gaming rig (or possibly use as a media server and build a separate gaming rig down the road)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS, Optical Drive, Hard Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com
Parts Preferences: Due to budget constraints I would like to use an AMD CPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Currently 1600x900 (AOC e2043Fk)
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know I am very limited with such a low budget but hopefully you guys can help me out? I’m also hoping that I can find some deals on the items that I am looking for or similar items that I can swap out. Anyone heard about upcoming deals?
Thank you for the suggestions! Being a programmer, before now I had never really gotten into the graphics very much but am learning more from the forums and am thinking that crossfire may be something I will want to do down the road. I think it will definitely be a good idea to get a capable mobo for the future. My only question is would I also be able to easily do the core unlocking with this mobo?
Also, I have recently accepted a development job that requires 3D modeling/rendering (using Maya, 3dsmax, Blender, etc) and some small scale game development (Panda3D and Unity), how will this card stack up against the strain of those activities? I would like to be able to work from home some and need something that can handle it!
what do you mean by "core unlocking" .
since this is for programs like 3ds max you should get a workstation card .the drivers from gaming cards aren't well optimized for those types of applications .if you really want to keep that card you can consider soft moding it which will be a lot of work.