It's time to upgrade the gaming PC I built 2 years ago, and unfortunately that means replacing most of the parts. What needs to be replaced are the mobo, PSU, processor, video card, RAM and Hard drive. Basically all I'm keeping is the case and DVD drive.
My budget is $850 cash and a $200 gift card from future shop. Future shop is a pretty crappy store for computer hardware, but I can probably use the gift card at least for the Hard Drive. I live in Canada, so for the rest of the components I will most likely either buy from tiger direct, or from a nearby shop called greenlyph.
For the time being I intend to build a computer with only a single GPU and use the 19" 1600x1200 CRT that I have. However, down the road when I have more money I'd like to be able to throw in a second video card and replace my CRT with a pair of LCDs of similar resolution. Therefore it looks like I'll have to get a crossfire capable motherboard and an ATI card (at least according to the "common noob myths" thread).
Now, ideally I'd like to be able to run a game like Crysis at 30fps with maximum settings but that's a bit unrealistic for my budget. 30fps at medium settings might be reasonable though. I believe the below components can provide that, though I'm unsure.
If I were to use the below setup, would there be any significant bottlenecks? Conversely, are there any components that would simply be held back so much by the others that I might as well downgrade them and save my money? Are there any other questions I should be asking, and is there anything else I might need to know? Any suggestions that would either improve the build or save me some money would be very appreciated.
OCZ StealthXStream 600W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
MSI K9A2 CF-F Motherboard
AMD Phenom 9750 Quad Core Processor AM2 2.4GHZ 4MB 95W
Palit Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card
OCZ Reaper 4GB (2X2GB) PC8500 DDR2-1066MHz
Seagate 500GB OEM SATA II Hard Drive
- $0.00 ($99.99 paid for w/gift card)
After tax: $727.71
The only thing that has to be shipped is the motherboard. I'm not sure how much that will cost but it couldn't be too much. It will certainly still be within my budget.
Thank you very much for your help.