So my pc was too far gone to recycle/upgrade so its time for a completely new system.
I have upgraded my hdd's and optical in the past so they dont need updating.
I have done some browsing and googling and I came to the selection as posted below, any thoughts/comments/advise on my build would be hugely appreciated.
I am especially interested in if all these items will work together nicely.
Also I am from Holland and that where i'll buy my stuff but we got exactly the same stuff here as you guys do so I added english links to all the parts I selected. I hope that'll work for you guys
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Within 2 weeks
Top 400-600 euro’s
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Multitasking -> downloading, unpacking, burning, repairing (Quickpar), surfing, streaming, word.
Gaming ->COD MW2, Fallout3, wow, Dragon Age Origins.
Watching movies -> HD
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Monitor – Using Acer X243H 23” and Samsung syncmaster 940R 19”
OS – Using Win 7, 64 bit professional MSDN
Opticals: - Using a sata dvd burner
Hdd’s: - Using 2x 500 GB sata
*I’ll prefer a quad core so it’ll last a time and so I can multitask like crazy. But i guess that if I can do the same things just as efficiently on a core 2 duo that would be fine also.
*AMD just gives me the shivers for some reason, it feels fake somehow
*Socket 1156 and DDR3 are my preference, since it’ll be easyer to update something in a few years when I buy newer tech now.
Maybe, never done but might do it in the future. (If I ever get around to investigating into it)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
Maybe, not just yet though.
1920x1080 and 1280x1024
Quiet = good
Dont care about case looks
Want the possiblity to upgrade part by part in the future should that be needed.
I always work with loads of hdd’s so the more sata connectors the better.
Case: I like the Antec 200 more, but either would be good.
RAM: The 1333 mhz are probably worth it, as long as it doesn't break the budget.
GPU: I would like to recommend finding an HD 5770. The increase shouldn't destroy your budget, and the 5770 is a little more powerful, and a lot more future proof with DirectX 11 support and better Crossfiring.
Depends on where you read it. If it's in user written reviews (like on Newegg), it's probably a myth, or at least a technological moron who shouldn't be near a computer. If it's a professional review, then it might be true. I haven't heard anything though.
LGA1156 has no upgrade path, beyond the i7 870. That's the one area where AMD's socket AM3 has an edge, but essentially the only one. DDR3 will hopefully be around for a while. I'm not sure this should matter, unless socket longevity is particularly important. AMD may or may not ever leapfrog Intel again. There's no modern quad core that won't offer adequate performance, whether its Intel or AMD. You will get slightly better performance in some of your applications with Intel, but not likely any visible difference in games.
I'd take the Antec case over Coolermaster any day of the week. I've never bought a CM case that didn't have minor quality issues. Even if they were easy to fix (like untapped screw holes), I just got tired of it. My CM-RC690 has great airflow, but will be the last CM case I buy.
Although you could do better than the OCZ PSU (Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Enermax to name a few), you could more easily do worse. It should suffice.
Otherwise, I agree with MadAdmiral.
@jtt283: The 1156 socket's upgrade path is debatable. The problem is that Intel won't say anything. I mostly agree that there isn't one. However, the i5 is so much better than the AM3 CPUs that it doesn't really matter right now. And actually, the i5 is the best gaming CPU out there, so you would benefit from sticking with the 1156 for gaming.
As a counterpoint to the CM quality issues, I have an Antec 902, and one front mount/fan came with 2 screw holes broken off. The fan is now secured by tape to keep it from rattling. So no matter what you choose, you could always get something that's defective. Would I rule out Antec because of the minor flaw? Not as long as the case keeps everything cool.
I've found that the OCZ PSU are generally about the same quality as Antec, Corsair and Enermax for far less money. I think that right now it's in the sweet spot as far as price and performance....
Oh yes, I was not suggesting a switch, my comment being that AM3 has no other advantage.
I'd let a single bad product slide, and usually do. When EVERY one of a company's products that I bought has had [minor] defects, it's time to throw in the towel.
I think that particular OCZ PSU is 80+, so it's probably decent; I know there are some that aren't, and have been reading some other things about poor component selection in some models, but this one should be fine. I'll admit to being an Antec / Seasonic fanboy, but I think the reviews support my opinions pretty well on those.
The reason I recommend it is that it's $50-60, depending on the rebate. It's still quality, it's just not efficient. You're really going to say that it's worth twice the price to gain a few % points in power efficiency?
Hmmm i'd like to keep the possibility of crossfire open.
Did you buy your parts already? This may be too late, but I wanted to point out that the motherboard in your OP, the GA-P55M-UD2, does not support x8, x8 SLI/CF. For a little over $100 it's a great board at a price that's tough to beat. But if you want SLI/CF then you should look elsewhere.