Hey guys! Ive been lurking tomshardware for a while now looking for advice,
Im going to be building a new PC and im looking for something that will last me the next few years if i throw a decent amount of cash to it. Heres what im thinking, im going to be using it for simply games and internet browsing, downloading files etc,
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Months, ( I know this is a big time frame but I need to save up cash first)
Budget Range: ~$800 - $1200 (The lower the better for more bang for my buck)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming with good quality, able to go HDMIly to my big screen, able to stream video, able to do everything smoothly...gonna last me long enough..maybe with some upgrades. A good few years im talking here
PSU slightly undersized for SLI / CF .... I'd get a 750 or 850 TX series from Corsair or Core Edition from XFX
The GFX card is kinda outta place with the fine MoBos you've picked. The 6850 stands out as the best upgrade you could do from that build..... the 670 at $400-ish might be a bit over budget. AT $200 - $260 though you have the 560 Ti's and the 7850.
The 7850 is $260-ish and its performance falls right in between the 560 Ti ($230-ish) and the 900 Mhz 560 Ti ($240ish). Personally, I'd take the 900 Mhz 560 Ti.
The Hard Drive is a good choice...the Seagate 7200 rpm 64 MB cache model is $10 cheaper.....avoid the WD green and blue as they are not "performance" drives". Though for just $30 more than you budgeted for the HD, you could get a hybrid SSD / HD. The Seagate Momentus boots to Windows in 17 seconds, compared to 16 seconds for a current generation SSD.
If ya get an SSD, unless you are quite an astute Windows user, I'd not get less than a 120 GB model. The one to get is the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe ..... not the regular Chronos which uses on low end IMFT 25nm asynchronous flash .... the Deluxe uses premium toshiba toggle mode flash which is the fastest and longest extended life available in consumer drives.
And I will upgrade that card, you say the 7850? Apparently the drivers for it are horrible.. what ive read. Im not so experienced with computer hardware, but im not an idiot either.
Im not worried about the PSU because my plans for SLI/CF arent really going to happen anytime soon hehe
And i was thinking about a SSD too...but is it worth the extra cash? Cause everything else i add to this build is going to take me longer to save for But im comfortable where i am right now, so a little longer wouldnt be such an awful thing.
Thanks for the advice btw, and should i go with the cheaper motherboard? apparently it IS the Sabretooth, just without the added plastic thermal armor. Does it make a difference?
Ive thought about going with DirectCanada.. the free shipping sounds nice! But, as of right now their website is down and i get a "Service Unavailable" error, and that doesnt make me want to trust them. haha, Have you used them personally? I realy do like the sounds of that free shipping.