As to your last question, the GHz edition will be better
Looks like a great monitor, but I don't know where you got $140. The rebate card (from Asus) will bring it down to $150 if you can get it to work, but I just don't see where you got $140
For that budget range, an AMD processor would be better. A FX-6300 is the same price as the i3-3220, and has better performance, especially in multi-threaded applications. Games are starting to utilize 4 cores now, and will eventually utilize all 6 that the FX-6300 has. You'd then need a new motherboard as well if you get that.
You might also want to note that the only reason that video card is so cheap at the moment, is because it has a $20 promo code, which ends today, as well as a $20 MIR, which you may or may not eventually get. It's actually $160.
As for the case, personally I'd go with the NZXT Source 210, but it's mostly personal preference.
From looking at his profile; I found this
sskinner, is this it?
If you're getting a discrete card, no reason to get the APU really. A FX-6300 is $10 cheaper and should perform a little better. Then, you could get cheaper ram and use that money elsewhere.
Also, might as well get a trusted hdd brand (WD or seagate) for $5 more
That power supply will barely be able to power that build, and definitely won't be able to power 2 7870s. Additionally, CoolMax isn't generally a great power supply brand. Never cheap out on a psu!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Slightly over budget, you could either get a cheaper processor (i3 maybe) or video card (perhaps a 7850). Or, you could go with an AMD processor - probably an FX-6300 - and then an Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard to go with it.
Anyone, any opinions?
EDIT: I think I'll just make a new post...
I'd recommend the NZXT Source 210 Elite. It comes with 2 fans, with room for 3 more.
Good point. Not knowing some key specs of a machine would definitely make some people uneasy.
PCPartPicker estimates 400W, so I'd go with at least 500W, preferably more. 600W should be plenty. Here's what looks like a nice 650W semi-modular power supply for $90. You might want to investigate it more though. 650W should also leave some upgrade room in the future (but remember, you won't be able to SLI unless you upgrade the motherboard).
True, but the i5 will likely outperform even an overclocked 6300 in most applications.
Easy to overlook, I just keep MIRs out of the price calculation by default. I'd guess some of the promo codes are from Newegg's Halloween promo thingy
You can edit the original post, you know. Also, do you need an OS?
^ Note that this is $725 before rebates, and by the end of the month (4 days) it'll be $55 more expensive because all the promo codes will be gone, giving a total of $780 before rebates - a bit over budget.
From what I've heard (never personally tried it) SLI works a little better than crossfire, but 1 single powerful card would be better.
You'll probably need a new power supply as well, if you upgrade the GPU
But pentiums are dual core I thought, which is when he didn't want an APU?
An APU with discrete card is pointless IMO. A FX-6300 would be cheaper. Then you could get cheaper RAM. With those 2 savings you could've put it towards a better video card, reputable HDD, or just kept the money.
It's missing a video card, and a 10,000 rpm hdd is pointless IMO. Might as well get a 1TB hybrid drive for $100
It's not a real build
Uh... Where's the build?
Yeah, the 6570 will likely be faster. They're pretty close though.
For 2. why do you think that? I'm not disagreeing, just curious.
XFX is a generally trusted PSU brand, yes.
Looks good, but for that price range an FX-6300 and Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ would be better IMO. Although, it does depend on exactly what you're doing. If you really want Intel, I'd go with a Haswell 4130 which performs better than the 3240 and is less than $10 more. It also uses less power.
Stretched my budget to ~$875. Here's something like my 50th revision:
Do you think getting a refurbished case & PSU is a bad thing?
EDIT: Don't need the monitor or speakers anymore, so I can get the case/PSU new now, and get the full version of Windows 8.1 (instead of OEM) and that'd leave me with ~$70 left to spend elsewhere. =D
Even a regular monitor, likely the only place you'll find one at a decent resolution would be used on ebay
Looks good, but if it were me I'd get a single more powerful GPU instead of 2 weaker ones.
Uh... At the moment, mostly just flash games or minecraft with a 128x tp. My current computer limits me to minecraft at low settings :(. If I had a computer that could handle more games though, I'd play them. In the future, I don't know what games I might want to play. It's definitely overkill for what I'll be using it for now, but in the near future It probably wont be so overkill.
Do you think 2GB is necessary for 1 monitor at 1080p? Although that might be a different topic.
Well, now that GTX 650 Ti Boost is $173.99. The 1GB version is still $149.99 though. EDIT: I found a $135 EVGA 650 Ti Boost 1GB on Amazon EDIT2: There's a GTX 2GB Ti Boost for $144 on Newegg (again). This time it's an Asus
That gives me another thing to think about. I won't be playing BF4, but it seems like other games would be using it soon too.
Looks good to me, although you might want to have 2 4GB RAM modules instead of 1 8GB one. this might be good. If you want black memory, then this maybe.
In my opinion it's mostly personal preference. Windows 8 will probably be better supported in the future. Windows 8 should also overall run with better performance than Windows 7. Personally, I like Windows 8.
Mantle sounds interesting. When is it coming out? And how long do you think it'll take for most games to use Mantle?
I don't know about the individual boards, but Asus is probably the most trusted motherboard brand there is.
AMD will get you the best price/performance right now IMO.
You would get more fps than is playable with any monitor, also more than is viewable to the human eye.
Do you need an OS/mouse/keyboard/monitor included in the $450?
How is this?
And would it to be better to replace the 2GB 7750 with a 1GB 7770GHz Edition for $20?
Thanks for the suggestions! :)
This should go in the "Part list opinions" section
4GBs of RAM is enough for most things. Most games don't use up that much, and very few other applications do either (especially internet). The only reason you'd really need more than 4-6GB is if you're doing a lot of multitasking.
Google "AUD to USD" or "1000AUD to USD" or something like that.
Yes, that is 100% OK.
Any other opinions?