My husband's birthday is coming up soon, and he is like...a gaming addict...I love a good computer game now and then..but he is..omg @_@
Its even to the point where he took his laptop with us on our honeymoon cruise a couple years ago (hehee, i guess it comes with being a computer generation couple )
Well anyways.. I've been cramming for the past 10-13 hours online ( 1 nap in between @_@) - doing research on computer builds, i want to get him a really awesome computer- something that will be considered good 3-4 years down the road- playing on the max graphical settings and stuff
Our current computer is a old Dell Dimeion 8300, Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 3.19 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM, Windows XP- with a 2600 ATI AGP video card.
It plays ok for him ( especially for me games like Morrowind, and Rome total war ^_^ ) but he must play on medium/low settings, and he is worried it might not play worth a darn the new games he is looking forward to coming out soon..
So..to get to the point
A group of guys at another forum recommended i buy this:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - XFX GX285NZDFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards get 2 of these.
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 - Operating Systems
For about $2,200
Is this a good build? any parts need switching? I really want to get him the very best (with in reason ) my budget being around 2,500 -3,000 ( give a couple hundred for that ' must have' part or upgrade )
Oh, i also asked them a few questions about sound cards, and the video cards..but they aren't as active forum wise as i would have hoped
I read a few reviews that said the ATI 4870 x2 was about 22% better than the GeForce GTX285.
I planed on getting two GTX285s for SIL or SLI...whatever it is - but i don't know if this reviewer is bias or anything- because their seems to be a major war between ATI and Nivida..like Hitler vs Stalin type war And i don't want to get taken for a ride
Oh, and sound cards- i plan on getting him some good speakers, and headphones- but i want the audio quality to be good too
Should i look for any specific sound-card, or should i not worry about it?
Any help with be immensely appreciated .. I'm 90% noob on all this..i'm kind of like a adolescent vocabulist..just because i say a word- doesn't mean i know what it means