Im looking to make a new system that will play games but wont break my bank, im not after a liquid cooled star trek styled job since im not really into playing crysis on max i just enjoy MMO/RTS games and the odd killing spree on HL2.
Ive been trying to keep below £500 which is incredibly hard especially when fishing for a monitor aswel.
This rig will not bottleneck. I added the aftermarket heatsink becouse it's a good one, and it comes pre applied with MX-2 thermal grease...which is a good, and it saves you from having to purchase any. Now if you take that cpu, and move up the FSB to 9.5x333 it will give you 3.16GHz. And with this cpu that is the natural overclock and you don't have to up your voltage at all to get that speed...wich means no added heat. The vid card is factory overclocked for the same price as the card you found. The board is a good one with a decent layout and no bugs. Anyways this is what I came up with.
OEM on the hard drive typically means you don't get any cables or software. That DS3L motherboard should come with 2 SATA cables, and the software, if needed, can usually be downloaded for free.
Yes, 460W is enough, but very close to the limit. Also, that PSU works at 70% efficiency, which means 30% of what you pay for becomes heat. Typically a good PSU works at 80% or even 85%. Can you afford a Sonata 3 case with the 500W Earthwatts PSU in it?
The trickiest part (which isn't really hard) is applying the thermal paste to the CPU (don't put too much) and attaching the heat sink. Just take your time and be careful not to bump capacitors and such on the mobo and cards. Just read your mobo manual to see where to attach all the case lights and front USB/audio connectors.
Hey, they may be solid, but they're still fragile. The main thing about solid capacitors is that they last longer - it's just a smarter technology than the old one. I don't think "robust" means you can run the mobo over with the SUV and it still works
Well its all put together now and working great, thanks for all the input.
I was thinking of overclocking the PCU as Why_me suggested, ive looked(got hopelessly lost) at a few guides to overclocking but i dont really want to push the limits and mess around with temps and voltage i just wanna reach 3.16GHz.
Is it as simple as going into the bios and shifting the FSB to 333? no voltage change of software downloads needed?
Seems too good to be true but after seeing what other people have said about the PCU it would be a shame not to do something with it.