Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, but withing 2 weeks for sure.
Budget Range: I would like to spend around $800 CAD. I am a little flexible. I don't want to spend more then I have to, but I also don't want to regret a purchase 2 months down the road becasue I was to cheap to shell out an extrea $100... if that makes sense
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, also for use in a home recording studio. If it can handle games, it will handle my recording programs...
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but I never throught about that in my original budget. I don't need it right away, so I may hold off a little while. Suggest are still welcomed
Parts to Upgrade: I need everything!!
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: new egg, or any other Canadian site with good prices.
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Parts Preferences: I was thinking intel I5 cpu, but like the title says, I'm a noob so you guys prob know much more about this stuff then I.
Overclocking: no sure?
SLI or Crossfire: not sure??
Additional Comments: Quiet would be good for in the studio.
Why Are You Upgrading: My xbox died last week, and my 4 year old laptop is on its way out
Basically, I'm a complete noob when it comes to current computer specs. I just need a pc that can run my favourite games such as skyrim, battlefield, cod...etc. I will also be using it in my studio, so if it can run those games, I don't see why it couldnt run Cubase 5.
Read what motorneuron posted. Click the links too.
The 7950 is a better card, but can afford the price tag?
If you can afford the cost, bump it to the 7970 for the extra $40
7870 220 87.3fps
7950 320 86
7970 360 86
Very minor difference between the cards for this game, but each one has its benefits in other games..more money is basically better performance. The 7870 is one of the best cost to performance cards out there at the moment.