APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anything from this week to a month away
BUDGET RANGE: £1000-£1500 (possibly can go more, but that is the sweet spot)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (multi-boxing)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor (basically just looking for the core of the system)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Need somewhere in the UK, possibly overclockers.co.uk
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to use the system for multi-boxing WoW, but with the strong possiblity of playing more demanding modern games
I'd like some input on the following ready built systems from overclockers.co.uk. I've built my own PC before, and had a bit of trouble due to selecting parts which were a bit unstable together. It's now 4 years old and time to upgrade. I'm very busy with work, so was looking at getting a ready built (and ready overclocked) system, but I'm also not averse to building my own if I gain a lot by doing so.
I'd appreciate input on the value of this system. I'd prefer the 295 graphics card, but doesn't seem to be an option on the list. If it's better to build my own from scratch then that's fine, and would ask for some complete system advice if that's the case.
you could do a bit better if you built is yourself, about £900 would give you a PC with pretty much the same specs but a bigger and better case and a 4870 X2 which is easily the most powerful graphics card for under £250. And you'd probably end up with a nice 1TB hard drive.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 295 1792MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail £436.99
Corsair Dominator GT 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-16000C8 (2000MHz) Tri-Channel With Airflow Fan (TR3X6G2000C8GTF) £269.99
Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - Retail £225.39
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4 Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £203.99
Coolermaster Silent Pro Modular 700W Power Supply £90.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD1001FALS) £81.98
Antec 900 Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case - Black (No PSU) £79.99
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler (Socket LGA1366/LGA775) £45.99
LG GH22NS30 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.99
Western Digital SureConnect SATA Cable - 0.5m (WDCA030RNN) £6.89
Thanks for the input. For what it's worth, I thought it might be useful to provide a tenative build for some comments. Here is what I selected, some (or a lot) of it is guesswork on my part. Basically, go wild with the comments, since I'm looking for info about pretty much everything. Do I need to add fans to this, is it better to go for SLI with two lower spec cards, is the CPU cooler decent, is the PSU ok, etc.
However, if people recommend the pre-built system as a decent option then I am ok going with that instead of building my own.
Thanks. Please excuse my ignorance but why would I not need SLI if I buy two 4870 X2 cards? How does this work? Also, I wasn't sure which memory you referred to exactly, so I went with OCZ for the moment. I have several options on the graphics card with varying prices. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=7...
Gainward, Powercolor, Sapphire, XFX. Is there one that would be the better brand? I went with the cheapest (XFX) for the moment.
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2048MB GDDR5 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail £248.99
I see about the crossfire, thanks. Regarding adding another 4870 X2, is this going to cause a lot of heat in the system? Do I need to buy fans for the case to cater for this, or add some other cooling options?
I don't think I'll go raid 0 though, not sure I get too much benefit out of it with gaming, I think I'll save the money and look at SSD in a few months time.
Yeah, I realise WoW is an old game, but my current PC with a 4 year old CPU and a 9800 Pro struggles with WoW on full settings in the expansions. I don't even get the 30 fps framerate sometimes. And playing with two instances of WoW open really drops this. I'm planning on trying out 5 x WoW instances and you need a decent machine for that. Since I need to upgrade anyway, I thought I'd spend a bit extra and make sure I can play contemporary games and future proof a bit.
But as you say, I won't need the second 4870 X2 for the moment, so a bit of money saved. Cheers