I've had a recent run of bad luck with my current system and have decided it's time to upgrade. I am going to reuse my existing case and hard drive only because prices STILL haven't come back down to pre-thailand flood prices. My old system was an intel core-duo E5300, with a gigabyte G41M-ES2L, and 4gb of G.Skill DDR2 800 RAM, and a sapphire Radeon HD4850.
I'm working with a $1000 (USD) budget and am looking for any advice or pointers on things I may have over looked. I use my computer mostly for light graphics work, (Blender, Inkscape, GIMP), occasional MMO gaming, (EVE online) and school work (MS Office). I have been running a dual monitor setup for a long time now and really like the opportunity of a new system to get some new monitors that actually match each other and the potential to run three monitors in eyefinity. I am adding the cost of the three new monitors into the budget of the system.
I am going to reuse:
Lian-Li K58 case
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB sata II HD
and my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64
**The AMD FX-6100 and the ASRock 990FX are part of a combo and the Corsair CX500 and one set of (2 x 4GB) 8GB ram are another combo. I am also tossing in a new battery for my laptop $63.00 (since it hasn't been holding much of a charge lately) and the total on everything including shipping comes out to $1007.68.
Just curious on any opinions or if anyone can see where I might swap out any components. I'd like to place my order some time this weekend as two of the prices are only good until 3/12. Thanks in advance for any advice.
The HD 6770 isn't going to cope well at ultra high resolutions. I would wait for the HD 7850 or HD 7870 personally, they are both 2GB cards so should cope with these high resolutions a lot better. If you get an i3-2100 and a cheaper motherboard you should be able to afford one. (Possibly drop the CPU cooler for now as well.)