Hello there, i'm hoping for a wee bit of help on my first build, it'll also be the first desktop that i can call my own.
So i've been reading a lot of stuff here and else where, my heads now full of, well, stuff.
I'm on a very small budget and wanting to build a gaming(fps/rpg mmo's) ONLY(honest) computer running XP, I've a laptop for other things.
Well this is what i'm thinking of getting:
I was thinking of overclocking and want to be able to expand later on.
Any help/advice would be greatly received, i do intend to find a good psu, etc when i'm sure about the basics.
And, eh, will i be able to plug this into different TV's and monitors?
Well i look forward to any feed back as i'm getting pretty excited about putting it all together!
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January 30, 2009 3:52:14 AM
XP is fine. Not to blow your budget, but here are some thoughts:
With XP SP3 and later you can up to 4gb ram - it will recognize 3gb as you may know. Consider this for future.
Your video board sounds like the EVGA that I just bought - it has 1 GB ram but gamers say its not great for gaming. I use mine for photo work, so RAM bus speed is not such an issue, but gamers say that the 1gb is never utilized due to bottleneck elsewhere - perhaps they will advise as its not my area of specialty. Personally, I think that card is a great value!
Video out? Perhaps you can tell what you mean by "all kinds" as to get suggestions that fit your needs better. Also (!) your video card choice will affect your PSU requirements as your probably know. Be sure to check how much juice your board needs! Boards are power-hungry!
There is Zotac video board that has all kinds of options for monitors, but it costs more, and its not PCIe v2
HDD: I have a strong recommendation here. check out the WD Caviar black 640gb - it has 32mb cache. fast as a Raptor! here in the US the price is only a little more $ - well worth it!
most video cards now come with a DVI to D-Sub adapter. check yours - if not you can buy one if needed. if you need something else, be sure to shop for it!
Conclusion: the caviar black is perhaps the most bang for the buck. if you game, pick your video board very carefully! You are wise to choose these before PSU shopping! For PSU, read reviews here and here: http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i... I used Antec for years with great reliability, then got a cheap but decent Corsair. Seasonic and PCP&C make good stuff! Dont just go by user reviews at Newegg - look at test results for stable, clean power! Unhappy video board with not enough PSU amps on a single rail is like mother - if she's unhappy, no one is happy!
Tell me, in the UK (assuming) or wherever you are - can you shop Newegg and Micro Center?
Video Card: Get a 4850 512MB so that you can Crossfire later. If you can stretch your budget, then go up to a 1GB frame buffer. Sapphire is good value here. nVidia is a waste of money because you can't run 2 of them on your mobo.
RAM: G.Skill HK or Pi Black at CL4 is good value, 2x2GB if you can. Mushkin is also great value.
HDD: The WD Caviar Black 640GB is definitely worth it for the speed.
+1 on the P5Q-E and E5200. P5Q-E is a great mobo.
E7400 is good value if you can stretch.
Get the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink and backplate for overclocking.
PSU: 750W, Corsair 750TX or PCP&C Silencer 750 are worthy of your consideration.
Cases: Coolermaster CM-690, Antec 900 or 300
For connecting to various TVs, in addition to pchaplo's advice, if you also buy a DVI to HDMI cable, that would help as well.
What's been ordered so far:
Intel core2 Duo E8500
ATI Radeon HD 4870 sapphire
Total : £448.47 inc VAT (woops)
All the recommendations have been spot on, thank you all very much, i'll be putting a shopping cart together after the weekend, i just wish i hadn't read an article on making cases out of perspex..........