hi, ive decided to build my own pc. It will be used for games but also 3ds max and the occasional film.
So far my shopping list of components looks like this
Desktop atx Case
Asus motherboard P7P55D-E
Intel CPU Core i7 860 2.80GHz
Corsair memory 6GB XMS3 1600MHz DDR3 9-9-9-24 Kit (3x2048MB) RAM
Seagate 1.5TB hard disk drive Barracuda SATA II 300 32MB cache 7200rpm
CiT 600W Black PSU
nvidia gtx 275
Samsung SH-B083L/BSBP Blu-Ray Combi
Are these components compatable, work well together ect... Any refinements to my choices or other sugestions? Am i missing anything?
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
What is your budget?
1- Change the HDD for a Spinpoint F3 1TB, the performance is better.
2- The CL is high, get a RAM with CL7 or CL8
3- The GTX275 price is $349.99, with $299.99 you can get a 5850 that is bettert.
4- The PSU isn't good. Get a PSU from a good brand like Coolermaster, Corsair, Thermaltake, Antec, PC power and cooling or OCZ.
Both Cooler Master and Thermaltake make a FEW decent PSU's, but it's best to avoid them for the most part. The majority of their PSU's are old inefficient designs that should have been discontinued a long time ago.
You have to ensure that any new PSU you buy has active PFC, at least 80+ certification, and the majority of its output on the 12v rail(s). If it doesn't at least meet those requirements it's not worth risking your hardware to.
Ive been looking at graphics cards and could use some more advice in this area, i have had nvidia cards previously so my preference is with them unless they are noticabily worse cards than the ati ones. I was looking at this perticular Nvidia gtx 275 as it seems to have 1.7gb instead of the standard 896mb and it seems reasonabily priced.. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168543
and from the same store a 5850 which has only 1gb is more expensive http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179680
There are that many cards and variables out there its really hard to know if im making the correct decisions on things. Am i looking at this in the right way or in your opinion is the 5850 a better buy?
Thanks again for your help, it is very much apreaciated =]
The memory size on a GPU doesn't really matter. Get the HD 5850. nVidia is getting killed right now. Benchmarks. It has better performance now. In addition, it's low power consumption and cool and quiet operation make it much better in Crossfiremake it a much better choice for the future, even without DirectX 11 support.