So So! I’m planning on building system in January (cheap post-christmas prices me hopes ). but im not sure what processor I should get, (I’ve picked all my other components). The definitely going with Intel cos there killing AMD with performance atm. So the three within the price band are the Q9300 (£145), Q6600(£148) and E8400(£145). My other issue is overclocking. I’d like to overclock, but its my first time doing it so im not sure wat exactly to look for in a processor and mother board? And wat PSU spec I’ll need?
I plan to use the computer for games like: COD4 and Company hero’s etc.. as well as day to day stuff internet, word processing etc. (a fair bit of multi-tasking). So was wonder which one os these CPUs you guys would recommend? or whether its worth strechin an extra £20 for higher specs?
The components I plan to buy:
• mother board: Asus P5QL Pro LGA775 (£58.74) or Asus PSQ LGA775 (for better over clocking I’m told) (£65.51)
• graphics card: PNY 8800GTS (£99.99)
• RAM: ddr2: 3gb (3x1gb) Cucial Ballistix PC2-8500 (1066mhz)(£65.77)
• PSU 500w and ATX form (£29.91)
• hard drive: 250GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache IDE (£34.65)
I was just going over the rest of your parts closely do you already have those parts or not? because why would you otherwise wanna get an outdated IDE hard drive while you could get a SATAII and 16mb /32mb Cache.
and why a 8800GTS while you could get a 9800GT that performs slightly better but is alot more power efficient. or if you could stretch the budget a ATI HD4850
With more games supporting quad, it's the way to go over dual if you want your system to last a while. Q6600 (9x multiplier, 8mb cache) is slightly faster than q9300 (7.5x multiplier, 6mb cache) in gaming at stock, far faster when both cpus are overclocked to their respective limits.
8800gts (g92 with 128 sp, 650mhz) is 15-20% faster than 8800gt/9800gt (g92, 112 sp, 600mhz) depending on game.