Budget: Medium, though no specific figure, lets keep it as low as possible. £800+, maybe more if needed.
Usage: Everything gaming to word
Parts not required: Nothing, this a build from scratch and will be getting desk as well, but thats being arranged from another source. Although I dont have an os, may be able to get something cheaper, but for now, include it in your build recommendation.
Preferred websites: Dabs.com, scan.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk, aria.co.uk, cclonline.com etc, anything UK or can deliver to uk, such as ebuyer and amazon. So, no zipzoomfly and eggs please, however, alternative parts can be referenced from non UK sites.
Preferences: AMD and ATI, but would consider Intel if the cpu has a good chance when compared to overclocking.
Overclocking: NO, but will be in future when needed, such as if required for a new game (2-5years). He wants to keep it at stock for now till needed.
Resolution: None, monitor must be included as well
Comments: This is for my brother, who just recently wanted to buy a pc to replace his PS3. So, hes a console gamer and would like all the added benefits from pc. Almost always kept up to date with "hot/latest titles" for the ps3 and game types are varied.
He checked on cclonline.com and found a pc he's interested in before asking me. Now, Iv told him it would cheaper to match and even better components for around the same price:
* AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core CPU
* 2GB Corsair Value Select 1066MHz DDR3 Memory Stick
* 2GB Corsair Value Select 1066MHz DDR3 Memory Stick
* Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H AM3 Motherboard
* 150GB Western Digital VelociRaptor 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
* 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5" Hard Disk Drive
* BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC 896MB
* LG GH22LP20 22x DVDRW
* CoolerMaster Centurion 590 (No PSU)
* 700W OCZ StealthXStream Power Supply
Here are a few recommendations from me so far, to him,
CPU is fine
RAM should be ok
shop around (ask you guys) reg the motherboard
shop around (ask you guys) reg the primary (os and games and programs) and secondary (storage) hard drives
Get an ATI 5*** instead of the 275
Any DVD writer should do (IDE preferred, iv had issues with SATA DVD drives, when booting to install os)
Case looks ok
PSU aint to bad either.
So, fire away.
PS. I have priced up all the parts seperately from scan.co.uk and it comes to £712.80 including VAT and delivery charges, so I already know just buying the parts seperately from online sites will save him some £££.
He's not an extreme gamer, so no fancy hardcore mice or keyboards. Iv recommended a 24" for his monitor and here is the build with all included, KB, mouse, OS, screen, speakers and the rest is just an exact match of what he found himself. He has big hands, so no tiny mice, and I assuming simple 2 speakers will do with headphone output which may be required.
Suggested mouse: Logitech G5, price unknown from scan.
Saitek PK 02AV Eclipse II Wired Keyboard, BackLit Purple, Red + Blue Keys, USB 1.1/2.0, Black £28.62
Coolermaster Centurion 590 Black £49.86
1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache £70.89
LG GH22NP20 AUAU 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, IDE Black OEM £17.41
150 GB Western Digital WD1500BLFS VelociRaptor, SATA 3Gb/s, 10000rpm, 16MB Cache, 4.2 ms £116.71
896MB Asus GTX 275 55nm, 2322MHz GDDR3, GPU 633 MHz, Shader 1404 MHz, 240 Cores, + Batman £169.94
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BlackEdition, Sok AM3, 3.2GHz, 8MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail £119.58
24" Acer V243HBD Black Full HD 1080P, Widescreen LCD, 1920x1080, 40,000:1 DCR, 300 cd/m², 2ms,VESA £147.94
Its christmas eve, not many people on. Chill on the bumping.
First thing I saw was a velociraptor, which is now antiquated. The new 500gb platter drives are faster than old velociraptors. Get a samsung F3 500GB or 1TB - newer, faster, bigger, cheaper.
Why get a GTX 275? Its stuck at DX10 and newer games coming out will be DX11. It also burns more power and is slower than an ATI HD 5850. The only reason to stick with Nvidia is if you only play the 11 games that make use of PhysX (Batman Arkham Asylum is one of them).
If you are buying a bunch of high end internals, why not get a case with good cooling. Try a Coolermaster HAF 922 or Antec 900. Bottom PSU mount, top exhaust fan and front intake fan/s generally creates the best air flow.
No way should IDE be preferred for the DVD, get SATA. Newer, faster, better cables.
I would scrap the GTX275 and the Velociraptor. You are better purchasing a Vertex 60GB... it blows up the Velociraptor and cost about the same price... if he can afford it!!!!... if he can't, scrap it and go ahead with a stronger video card like the 5850 which is awesome.
Nothing less than a 5850 for gaming... if you need to invest somewhere in your computer, it's there!
Also, the difference of price between DDR3 1066 and 1333 is marginal, get the maximum speed you can get from your motherboard, which is 1333MHz. You can get 1600 DDR3 since the AM3 allow 1600MHz in OC mode without any real tweaking.
Right now the OCZ Z 650W is an awesome power supply leaving the competition into the dust for it's price. 80plus silver certified, priced like the Corsair 650TX but with the quality of the Corsair 650HX and a better efficiency.
Phenom II X4 955
4GB of generic DDR3 1333 --> you should invest in 1333 or 1600
ATI Radeon 5850
OCZ Vertex 60GB (if he can afford it)
Western Digital 1TB caviar Black
Any Sony DVD Burner (more quiet than LG)
Cooler Master HAF 922
OCZ Z 650W 80plus silver certified
Whats the point of having a ssd with just a few app's? That 60gb will get filled pretty quickly, and if i did get a seperate sata for just games and programs, things will just like normal sata. Getting another ssd for just games and programs would cost to much. So, no ssd's.
I have chosen a 5770 as it meets all his needs, but recommended a 5850, so this is his choice. If chooses 5850, will update on here.
Dont have a clue where you read 1033 ddr3 from. The original prebuilt from ccl shows 1066, the price match post shows 1600 and guess what, my recommended ram shows ocz 1600.
How can you post recommendations, when your not even reading whats requested and making things up?
Though it looks like you'v not noticed the psu iv posted, again, i would rather he has sufficient power for now and future.
was thinking of actually taking out the second hd and the dvd drive unless he needs them. I can partition the f3 and have a spare sata dvd for installation. As for the 955, its only £10 cheaper, so will leave that. The only other item is the gfx, which im hoping he'l choose 5850.
The entire build has been put on hold due to funds, till end of january, but if you have any other recommendations, please post. Is the psu ok?