Approximate Purchase Date: couple of weeks from now
Budget Range: honestly atm am not sure... will be trying to get as much as
I can...(sell old pc/monitor/some herb) but remember guys this is suppose to be a CHEAP build and includes monitors
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming... dont use it for anything else
Parts Not Required: KB, mouse, SSD, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: something Australian *think PCcase,mwave etc*
Parts Preferences: looking at around 20 inch monitors 1600x900 min res.
Overclocking: why not.
SLI or Crossfire: no issues in the past so once again why not.
Monitor Resolution: min of 1600x900 per monitor (4800x900)
Additional Comments: Im an FPS player in the most part soo games like metro 2033/bf3/bl2 at at least high setting are a must.
My ideas thus far include
CPU- i5 2500k -$189
Board- asrock z77m -$89(if only single gpu)
- asrock z77extreem4m- $114(for crossfire/sli)
RAM- any random 8 gig kit really set aside - $70
Screens-Samsung S20B300B LED- $115ea ($345)
Card/Cards- this is where I hit my snag... I dont mind if its nvidia or ATI one card or two... but I want to push the highest framerate I can across the three screens any and all input welcome.
PSU- dependent upon GPU config...
Case- once again dependent upon GPU config- refuse to spend over $100 on a case period."
At this point I require input on GPU/GPUS for a 4800x900 res gaming machine... setting dont NEED to be ultra just high but, trying to get best performance without breaking the bank... thanks in advance for any input guys
I think something like the HD 7870 would probably be OK. Either way you will want 2GB+ of VRAM. 4800x900 is 4.3 Megapixels, 2560x1600 is 4.1MP so framerates should only be slightly worse than those at 2560x1600.
The HD 7870 seems to average ~30FPS on ultra even on the most demanding games at 2560x1600 so with a bit of overclocking it won't have any problems with 4800x900.
The extra monitors don't tax the CPU any more than a single one would so you could probably save a bit there and get a Phenom 965 or something. I would suggest an i3 but an overclocked Phenom would probably be better value.
hmmm thanks for the input
your suggestion of a 7870 and a phenom have somewhat blown me away....
as I currently have a phenom x4 960t 6 core unlocked OCed to 4.5... do you think
this shall be suffice?
and even my GPUS currently are 6870's in trifire... it almost seems as if I could run the screens fine on my current set up...
if not.... would you really suggest a 7870/7970 over a 6970cfx set up? as this is not planned to be a future proof set up or anything more or less a throw away build wouldnt the extra few dollars over the 7870 to get the 7970 or 6870 crossfire provide enough power to play everything currently at ultra?
Just as a heads up if you're still looking at crossfiring 6970's then you will need to get at least a 750w psu with all the appropriate cables. Believe me, if you are even thinking about crossfiring in the future, it's worth it. I'm talking from experience because if I want to crossfire my 7870 I'd have to upgrade my psu, and that's just another cost I'd rather not have.