I'm going to be building a gaming computer for my girlfriend and reusing some of my computer parts (that I'm replacing off my system) to save some money. I have a mid tower ATX case, 750w 20+4pin PSU and a CD drive, nothing special but it's a start. I'd like to build something that will handle Diablo3 and Portal2 on High settings, she'll also play WoW but really... who cares about it's graphics. a calculator will max those out.
so she has a budget and I hate making cheap systems, help us find a happy medium. I'd like to build something that will handle the games on medium and be upgraded (I'm thinking adding a second graphics card here) down the road so i want a good initial card that will respond well to crossfire. I'm air cooling so I'm thinking an FX processor b/c they tend to run cooler from my experience. I also don't want to skimp to much on the mobo but I do understand you get what you pay for... but OEM windows locks itself down to these part sooo... also I'd like a SSD boot drive and HDD data drive or maybe a seagate hybrid drive.
90% sure I have a corsair 750w bronze rated... also I'd drop the extra $40 to go to a FX-4170 and get 8gigs, the rest of your build looks solid alvine. I like the inclusion of the 7770, I never thought of dropping a 7xxx card in their b/c of the cost of the 78xx but the 7770 should crossfire very nicely... make a new x-mas gift to bump up the FPS and hit a higher graphical setting in game! also the 880G (wait a second...)
okay I see why you went with a Phemon now, I'm going to joot those parts down and see if I can tweak the parts to get a board that supports FX but I know those Phenoms are solid, had one myself for my first build earlier this year.
The case supports a full mobo, these thread is going faster then i can keep up at work but I'm going to write all these down and do the research tonight, getting much more responses then I thought I would. my girlfriend's going to love this Forum lol
I was wanted to do a AMD build but the more I think about it as long as an Intel board will fit in my ATX case (never something I've looked into) the i5's don't look to bad. I won't be overclocking her machine like I've done mine so I'm not worried about frying the chip and having to replace...
what does anyone think of the Llano A8 with a dual card set-up? the gains are not the same as a crossfire config but they are still notable over either single card and it would bring the price down a good bit I think...
That will give you better graphics but worse processing power. If you don't care about overclocking it, save by getting an I5 2400 and an H67 motherboard. It should game similarly but will be quieter, cooler, and cheaper.
okay well I don't want worse processing power, I can upgrade and crossfire GPU's... CPU's just need to be replaced or overclocked and either way can get pricy. best to just do it right from the start. I'll stick with the CPU + Discreet GPU option and look into the Intel 2400k on a H67 platform as well as making an Phenom x4 or FX work on some kinda of mobo