I'm an interested novice, but have never bulit a full system before. I'm looking to spend £1000-1200 on a new system for work and gaming (reasonably high-powered but doesn't have to be ultra high resoultion or fps), what do people recommend? Also would I be better waiting for Nehalem to go on sale before spending my money?
Intel 8400 processor
Asus or Gigabyte P45 mobo
4 gigs of DDR2 800 memory
ATI 4870 videocard
500 gig HD - WD or Seagate
Sata DVD burner
500 watt powersupply - around $100 US for a decent one
Case of your choice
Floppy drive - yes I still use one and for some stuff they are irreplaceable
Total: about $1100 US
If you need these items:
22" LCD - 1680x1050 resolution - if you need a monitor
Windows Home Premium 64 bit - OEM
Im assuming you have a keyboard and mouse.
Should be able to get at least 2 years from that minimum.
If you want to run Xfire or SLI youll need to up your PSU to 750+ watts and change to a 780i mobo if you want SLI.
Nehalem will probably start with a very expensive Extreme Edition CPU, for £500+. AFAIK it will also require DDR3, again very expensive. I don't think you'll be happy if you wait for Nehalem just to discover you can't afford it.
If you decide to build these days, you could probably get something like Q9450, HD 4870, GA-X48-DS4, 750TX
The best choice today is:
-4Gb of DDR2 RAM
-a nice case (Cosmos 1000, Silverstone TJxx etc)
-an after market cooler (Xigmatek, Zalman etc.)
- 500Gb of HDD
- 600W PSU for single card, 750W for CF.
- a decent mobo. X38 for CF, P45 for single card.
As for the brands, the usual brands are OK (Corsair, OCZ, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte). Choose the cheapest.
P.S.: you're lucky not to be here yesterday. By this time, your thread would have started some useless discussion about the advantages of AMD cpus in high resolutions and the coming death of FSB...