Going to be running Windows XP home (tempted to get vista - opinions?) and i'm going to need a case too. Previous computer was a ShuttleX that I bought about 4-5 years ago, has a rubbish old Saphire x1550 video card in it, with 1gb ddr1 ram, so I basically need some new stuff. The tiny ShuttleX case is obviously going to be useless for a gaming PC. ^,^ Going to be using a resolution of 1680 x 1050 on my current 20" monitor. I've had a look around the web and like the look of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, quite low cost and still decent. I've basically got lost along the way of what's compatible with what, and I would appreciate any help or suggestions as to what to include in my new gaming PC
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month, can purchase whenever. BUDGET RANGE: Between £600/$900 and £800/$1200. (Or less, ) SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet. PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, speakers/headphones, operating system. PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I live in the UK, so links to sites that are based in the UK or ship to the UK without a massive fee would be great. PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences, this will be my first gaming computer and I'm not too experienced with computer parts, etc. OVERCLOCKING: I really don't mind, but I would prefer to keep things simple, maybe overclock a bit if you guys recommend it. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: CrossFire MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I thought my PC was pretty quiet until I went round my cousins house one day, his computer is silent. I didn't know I'd turned it on until I found out the monitor wasn't switched on. I'm used to some noise from my computer but I don't want anything louder than what I'm used to, xD. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've ever seen a computer as loud as mine. ;_;
Just want to make sure everything is ok.
Okay, so at the moment this is the current line up I've got:
I've currently got a 120gb hard drive, is it worth me splashing an additional £57/$86 on a 640gb hard drive or should I just save the money or buy a better part? I don't think i'm going to need more than 120gb to be honest...
Total price with hard drive: £704.70 / $1,072.40(Including VAT)
Total price without hard drive: £647.62 / $985.49 (Including VAT)
Im not in the UK and its a bit hard to go trolling through the internet for UK computer websites without doing a lot of work
Heres a broad suggestion
amd phenom x3 720
am3 motherboard with a 790 series north bridge chipset + 4 [ 2 x2 ] gig of ddr3 ram
[ careful here that the mb is ddr3 capable ]
for gfx either a Radeon 4870 1 gig , or 4890 , or 2 x 4770's in crossfire [ need a crossfire mb ]
WD black or Samsung hard drive
Antec 300 case
500 watt quality power supply
To use all the ram you need a 64 bit OS , but windows XP will run fine on this system and probably have higher frame rates in all games except the latest generation of DX10 . XP will still be ok for these though they will be at DX 9 quality
In a few months windows 7 will be available . Wait till then b4 buying IMO
Or download the RC of windows 7 64 bit and use it now for free for a few months
I havent a clue how that prices in the UK , but if you price it on your preferred website it will give you a benchmark to work from
2) CF works by using one GPU for half of the work, and the other for the rest. It also needs you to connect a cable from one gfx card to another, this is basically a PCIe lane so they can communicate.
3) XP 32 can only recognise 3.25GB of ram, this includes graphics ram, so with the two 4770's you will have 2.25GB of ram left, or about half what games want. go for vista64 or se7en64, it will allow you to use all the memory and have dual channel.
Without the hard drive (presuming I don't need to worry about compatibility issues, right? All hard drives will work with everything?) I still have £150 - has anyone encountered that "perfect" headset? With me it tends to be that every headset I buy isn't too good quality, or the adjustable microphone isn't very adjustable.
And Helloworld has cleared out the other issues I guess...
650W more than suffice for 2 4770s...
And to put it simple, How crossfire works -
In a common man's language -
Insert 2 or more graphics cards into 2 or more PCIe slot, connect the crossfire bridge (a connection strip) to the cards, set the crossfire option in the ATI drivers and that is it ...Crossfire is set...
But if you want to know properly about crossfire, then google it and read it yourself as it would be tough to explain crossfire in few lines...(Well Helloworld came close though )
*** ing order and waste another week finding sites that stock the same components? I'm not gunna be pissed around and sent DOA components that are faulty, then wait a month for them to re-deliver another DOA component... has anyone here had a GOOD experience with scan.co.uk? Because I can't find any...
Grrr, why has only half my message appeared, and I suddenly can't edit my messages, let's try again...
Wow.. never mind about non-compatible components, I sorted that out - but now, a day after purchasing online - they say there has been a 'problem' with them recieving the money, even though I used the same credit card to purchase a usb hub from ebuyer a few minutes after my order with scan.co.uk
The email says that they will continue to attempt to recieve the payment over the next week, and that if I want to cancel my order I need to phone them which costs 50p a minute.
I've looked around the internet for reviews on scan.co.uk and they're basically all saying it's ***. Loads of defect components, months of waiting for delivery, lots of DOA's, should I just cancel the order and waste another week finding sites that stock the same components? I'm not gunna be pissed around and sent DOA components that are faulty, then wait a month for them to re-deliver another DOA component... has anyone here had a GOOD experience with scan.co.uk? Because I can't find any...