Hey guys, I'm trying to build a relatively capable gaming system for under $700. From all the reading I've been doing AMD has yet to come up with a viable processor to compete with i5 (i7 probably wouldn't fit in my price range) so after nearly 15 years of AMD systems I am leaning towards Intel for this build. As far as video I still have yet to upgrade my older ATI Radeon 4870 but I can pull it from my current system and put it in the new build if a decent video card is out of the question at this price point (it shouldn't be, right?) I'm just looking for some options here. If anybody knows of some good barebones deals that would require the least amount of upgrading I would love to see them here but I wouldn't mind doing a homebuild either.
For comparison purposes my old system is based around an AMD Phenom II X2 550 and the aforementioned Radeon 4870. I'm sure it will be easy to blow this puppy away for $600-700.
Oh and one more thing, I do alot of multi-tasking so I would like to purchase a quad-core processor as opposed to dual-core...Also I am remembering the whole Modern Warfare 2 fiasco from a year or so ago - I was unable to get decent framerates in that game with this system because it hated anything less than 3 cores.
Here's a quick list I came up with, should be a good value for what you look to achieve. I would suggest investing more heavily on the GPU side because with a powerful CPU your old HD 4870 will slow it down on high demanding games.
Just throwing it out there - My mobile i5 can handle 15 intensive programs at once at the expense of an obscenely slow hard drive. It's comparable to a slower i3-2100.
What kind of multitasking do you do? I typically Photoshop something while working on a video in Premiere Pro, and peruse the internet with around 45 tabs open. I normally have Linux open in VirtualBox.
My advice is to invest in a quality HDD/SSD, or else your computer will be slow as ***.
cant you buy these parts from local shops in your town ?
if you want to still buy these parts from newegg you can downgrade the HDD to 500GB
and the gpu to 7850 to pay for the shipping and taxes without paying more than your budget.