I know its a bore for everyone else, and yes I'm sorry, but I'm gonna do it anyway...
As a student I'm trying to make my £1000 budget go as far as possible, I've researched and researched... and then done some more and I've come up with this setup. It should be fast enough to game on a 1650x1050 screen, with most/all of the grfx candy enabled.
CPU £118 Q6600 Pro SLACR edition
Mobo£129 MSI platinum P45
RAM £ 47 OCZ 2GB DDR2 Reaper HPC edition PC2-8500C5 (1066MHz)
GPU £235 Powercolor ati radeon HD 4870 1024mb
HDD £ 38 Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
DVD £ 17 Pioneer DVR-215DBK 20x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter
Cool£ 18 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
PSU £ 59 hiper 630w
Case£ 66 Antec nine hundred
I've read reviews for all of the items here, as well as for their competitors and this seems to be a decent system. I have just a few questions regarding some of the components that hopefully someone here has experience of.
Firstly, for a 3.2GHz OC will the freezer 7 be enough?? I know its a budget cooler, although it seems to stand up well.
Is it worth investing in the 1024mb version of the radeon 4087HD or saving £30 and going for the 512mb version?
How good is the MSI platinum OCing app, is it worth using (and saving the time) or should I stick with traditional methods?
And lastly, can anyone see any potential bottlenecks in this system?
OK thanks, I'm assuming that changing to 800MHz RAM running synchronously would be about the same speed as using 1066MHZ RAM with a divider? That would also enable me to buy another 2 gigs and a decent cooler...
For that price, I'm sure you can get an X38 or X48 board.
Personnally, I would get a Gigabyte P43-DS3L for about 100$...it uses the budget P43 chipset which is basically P45 with no crossfire support (anyway P45 only supports 8x/8x crossfire).