Greetings, I have been doing the research for a few weeks now. I Have a budget of 1000.
I have no parts preferences. I like Both Nvidia and ATI. For the place of purchase I have always gone with New Egg.
I can however go to the Micro Center in Boston/Cambridge this year as Im only 40 minutes away. Tax is usually cheaper than shipping charges for me as I don't like using Ground services.
The Date of purchase will be in about 7-10 days or the first 2 weeks in February.
Parts I do not need are Hard Drive, Keyboard, Speakers,Dvd Drives, Motherboard, CPU, Memory.
My power supply is in question depending on how much of a GPU I go after. For a 6950, or 70 or a GTX570 I should be fine. IT's a Corsair VX550 with 41A on the single 12V rail.
Here is What I have now, My box is for playing games and goofing off Im going to go one more upgrade round with this CPU, motherboard and memory combo. It has served me well
AMD Phenom II 965BE Deneb 125W
Motherboard-Asus M4A78T-E 790GX
Memory- Crucial 8GB DDR3 25664BA1339
XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB DDR5
1 TB Western Digital 7200 SATA 3
Corsair VX550 PSU
Case- Some old crap
Windows 7 64BIT
Monitor HP 2009M 20"
What I am aiming for are 4 components I need the most.. I want the best GPU I can possibly get and still get everything else. Resolutions to play games are 1920x1080 and above as far as I can. In other words I want the best stuff I can get for the money (of Course) LOL.
1. Case- need badly
2. Monitor- cannot get the resolutions I need, Max Res I can get now=1600x900
3. GPU- Ageing 4890 is old but still plays all but the most demanding games very well
4. PSU- Depends on how much I spend on the GPU, If I wait for 7950 I will have to see If I need a new one. I probably will.
We have 1K to spend,
I would like a monitor at least 24"
The case, needs to fit the GPU of course, it also needs to be painted inside (I hate the bare inside look) and have cable management.
The GPU = the best I can get, EVGA, HIS, Sapphire, XFX, MSI or Gigabyte are fine.
PSU- power depends on above. I would like Corsair.
Let me know if I left anything out, I would just like to see others opinions
What I was looking at so far
Case- This is real decent case at a low price, My favorite cases are the NZXT Phantom full and Mid
3. If you really don't need a gpu, then I really don't recommend you getting one since Nvidia and AMD are releasing their new line of gpus (AMD already released their new HD 7970). If you really want to buy a graphics card, I wouldn't go any further up the chain than the gtx 560Ti, since anything higher could potentially bottleneck your system.
GTX 560Ti @ $210: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both cases are mid towers that were designed for gaming computers and look pretty cool. Both are designed to hold longer graphics cards.
This is true of the HAF but there's not that much of a clearance. When I install my Radeon 5830 it just barely clipped the edge of the drive bays. When I have to do anything that involves the SATA ports I have to take the card out and put it back in.