This is my first time build and i've been doing some research and i've decided that these might be what i need for my computer. I was just wondering if you'd be able to have a look at them and maybe tell me if they will work together or suggest some alternatives.
the motherboard is sweet but i wouldnt go with that unless you where planning on useing it for serious gameing. its got 2 pci x16 2.0 slots for sli and crossfire which will go to waste unless you plan on geting 2 identicle graphics cards for it and it has alot of extra overclocking and overvolting features which im guessing you wont ever need to use, these things make the board more expensive.
im presuming you live in the uk so have a look at these boards on this site . http://www.komplett.ie/k/kl.aspx?bn=10071&mfr=GIGABYTE
its in ireland
browse their clearance section for bargins
i get all my stuff here and its real cheap. these items are demo's but work fine and have full manufacturing warenty some you wont get driver disks with but if you go with a gigabyte board or a manufacturer with good online support you will be able to download the drivers no problem just download them before you get the board so your ready to go when it arrives.
Its alot of money on the motherboard, while it won't improve performance only offer features. You will have a PC that consumes alot of power when its doing absolutely nothing.
Another approach would be the 'green' approach: focus on components that actually add to performance, and choosing power-efficient components. Do you really need 16-phase power supply on your mobo, do you even know what that means? Are you into phase change cooling with temperatures far below zero? If not, the components you chose may not best represent your wishes.
hey i just had a look at the proccesor and i dont think it come with a heatsink so you might wana ask them about that or order one for a 775 socket and some termal paste if it doesnt come with any
also you might want a 600w+ power supply as the tend to start looseing their wattage after a year or so. can drop by up to 20% so little overkill is a good thing. will save you spending 100 on a new 1 next year.
OK loads of people have posted since i posted so i'll just go through and answer all the questions
1. Are you gonna use the PC for mainly gaming ?
--- No, i'll be using it mostly for photoshop, dreamweaver, maya etc + general usage. I do want to be able to play games on it though.
2. Are you intel specific for the CPU?
--- Not really, i just read that its usually seen as being the best.
3. Do you really need 16-phase power supply on your mobo, do you even know what that means?
--- I dont know what it mean so i guess i wont need it lol
4. Are you into phase change cooling with temperatures far below zero?
--- I have no idea, so another no. What would you suggest?
5. what do you actually intent to use this machine for?????and how long would you like it to last you????
--- Like i said above i'll be using it mainly for photoshop, dreamweaver etc. However i do plan to do some gaming with it. I dont expect to upgrade my system for at least 2 years if i can help it.
eoinycroiny - I had a look at that website and it seems to have a good aount of stuff on it. Trouble is i know very little about differences in motherboards. I only suggested that motherboard because i was told by a friend that it was a good motherboard. Hes a big gamer so that'll be why he suggested it. If you could think of a specific motherboard that will do what i need then that'd be a major help.
if you plan on adding in extra cards just make sure you have enough PCI expantion slots. that board has onboard LAN and 7.1 sound card so no need for either of them.
if you'd rather pick one out for yourself these are some pointers as to what you need to be aware of when chooseing.
1. atx form factor mainboard. this is just the size and shape of the circutboard
2. it will need to support ddr2 pc6400 240 pin ram and your gona want a mainboard that will support at least 8 gig ram incase you want to add more later as new sortware tends to be more demanding then the older versions. 4 gig is loads for now and will run games nicely too.
3. it needs to have 1 pci-ex16 2.0 slot on it for your graphics card.
4. it need to support a quad core at 1333mhz or more. The 1333mhz is the bus speed so look for that when trying to determine if the board will support the proccesor
and finally once you have picked a board id recomend and 600w maybe 650w power supply as they lose wattage over the first year and sucks having to replace them so soon so some overkill is a good thing on this one. the power supply will need to have the right atx power connectors too
the example board i gave needs a power supply with a 4 pin atx 12v and a 24pin main power conector. and finally just make sure the PSU also has SATA power conectors(most come with this standerd)
ow one more thing. just check the dimension of the power supply you pick and make sure it actually fits into the case.
thats it i think, if anyone thinks iv missed anythin or got something wrong please say so.
let me know what your final choice is and how it all works out.