Upgradability Options

hayab250

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Hello, I've got a few options on a new computer I'm building.

This is for gaming purposes, I've got 2 builds that I'm thinking of.
These include the price of OS (Vista 64bit / $100), monitors (~110), keyboard and mouse.

The cheaper one is a little above $600.

E5200
Gigabyte EP43
9500 GT 1g
Gskill 2g ram
430W PSU
19" WS monitor

This isn't the best build for games like crysis, but it'll run WoW, which is what I play the most, decently on low/med settings.
In a couple of years, I definitely plan on upgrading, but this build has no options.

The more expensive, upgradable build is $1100

E8500
EVGA 750i sli board
9800 gtx+
Gskill 4g ram
650W sli PSU
22" WS monitor

This is a better build but costs a few hundred dollars more. If I make this build, I'll buy a seconds 9800 gtx+ for SLI mode. Because of this, I need a more expensive mobo that supports sli 2.0, enough power, and just a bonus, a bigger screen for better graphics.
I don't need these right now, but later on it'll be helpful.


My question is, should I go with the cheaper build, then maybe a year or two from now, sell it, and build another computer?
Or should I pay more now, then buy another GPU later, (I don't think theres nothing else I can add to upgrage). This build should be able to still run the newest games that come out.

Which would be the better, cheaper route?
Making a cheap computer, and reselling it when it gets out of date?
Or making a better computer that I can upgrade in the future?
 

r_manic

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The problem is that, if current trends continue, your hardware will practically be obsolete when you want to upgrade—regardless of which build you choose to go with. May I suggest you consider a Core i7 setup?
 

fullmetall

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First, How much are you willing, if would would like to take the chance, the Dual E8500.


The Core i7 is out of the question if he's asking for a monitor aswell, that will put him up to $1400+

The E8500 will be the better cpu than the x3 720 but, the x3 720 has the better upgrade path for more future options.

+ , it's cheaper and theres alot of combo's going on.
 

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^ +1

Except if you really want to go with Intel/nVidia, I would recommend you go with AMD's 720 with a AM3 board ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190734 with Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P)

and a video card like a 4770 (~100$ but Out of Stock at the moment...) throw in 4GB of DDR3 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200 G.Skill 4GB for 60$) and you've got a great build that will be very ugradable at a later time.
I would also go with a 22" screen, they cost a little more and they're a lot bigger (compared to 19"), for example Acer x223wbd black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145 for 150$.
For the PSU, do you have a case? If not you can maybe go get something like Antec Sonata III for 110$( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024 )
 

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For $1100.. I'd get the 4890 sapphire,

x3 720 cpu + Gigabyte UD4P or the 790gx Biostar combo.

good ddr2 1066 ram.

650tx for 1 card or a 750tx for future Crossfire.



 

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At the price AM3 is right now, you're better off just taking it. Also, they don't really need a new socket, they've been with AM2, then AM2+ and AM3 (which is the same socket, just different specs). I don't vote for the 4890, they're expensive for not much, I'd really go with 2 4770's (performs better/costs less) or a 4870 1GB card...
 

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^ they need a new socket because the next cpu's have a completely different architecture whereas athlon and phenom architecture are very very alike with the only difference being the phenom's can handle a higher bus speed and more cache.
 

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Expensive for not much? 2 4770's vs a 4890 = $20 dollar difference.

You can get 1 4890 now and 1 later if needed to crossfire..

Plus a sapphire 4890 $244.99 - $20 m-i-r - $20 promo code = cheaper than 2 sapphire 4770's..