Hello there good folk, I'm in the process of buying some computer hardware components, to set myself up with a fairly capable system. It is to be used for casual entertainment like games, movies, light photoshop editing and office work.
My budget stretches around $AUD 500 and intends on purchasing a case, psu, cpu, mobo, ram, gfx and kboard+mouse. I've already got a monitor, dvd-rom and a speaker set from an old system to dismantle and add onto this purchase.
Too be honest, I've built my fare share of systems and I'm not looking for miracles with this budget. It is probably more a case of emergency as my old system is about to crash and causes headaches on a regular basis. I do need help though, as I'm not experienced with budget purchases and I imagine it being more complex to assemble an optimal system this way. Coupled with not being present on the computer market for some time, I feel like I'm not exactly on top of things anymore...
The games I play are Heroes of Newerth and Quake Live (not so demanding) to give you some insight to what the system needs to handle.
The onboard video cards have gone a long way lately and in that budget you can't get a system with a discrete card and decent components (mainly CPU/PSU). The integrated HD4200 is good enough for those games.
excelblue: I noticed that as well, and I might add on a HDD to the purchase or take the one that's currently on my system (should still do the job).
mosox: If I understand you correctly, you mean that in my budget I can't expect a good GFX card together with a good CPU and PSU? Or is "can't" a typo of "can"? I'm also taking it as the "discrete card" is an intergrated one?
dmen: I am currently not that interested in OC'ing any card and thus I will be looking for a good stock performance. Is the 550 still as viable with no OC plans?
In general I'm just looking for a system that will carry those two games without hampering the experience (preferably on highest gfx settings). It should serve as a good guidline as the games will be the demanding factor to test determine the system's capability.
No, no typo. And discrete is non integrated. You can't get a decent system if you also buy a separate video card, you should go for a mobo with an integrated GPU like the one I posted.
Your games will run fine on the HD4200, those games you can see on YouTube are much more demanding than yours and the HD4200 can still run them. You can add a video card later if you want to play more demanding games.
Was fortunate enough to get some help from another guy. He's Australian so it helps me get a more acurate sense of prices etc.
What do you think of his recomendations?
"Case: Antec 300. It's pretty similar to the Coolermaster you chose but a bit cheaper, you can add lots of fans too.
Mobo: The one you chose was a good choice, we can stick with that.
CPU: AMD Phenom II 555 Black Edition. This is great value, and being new you'll have a good chance it'll unlock to quad-core. Also has an unlocked multiplier for easy over-clocking.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB. This is the fastest hdd you can get. You could add another one in the future and run in RAID0.
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600Mhz. Ram is stupidly expensive at the moment. To save a little cash you could go with 1333Mhz, and put the extra into a better mobo, you wouldn't notice much difference.
GPU: The games you mentioned aren't very demanding, but with this combo you could afford an ATI 5670, which would easily max out those games, and most other games, come to that. You could also overclock it to perform better than the 5750."
What about an Gigabyte Gigabyte ATI HD4650 Overclocked PCI-E 2.0 1GB 128-bit GDDR2, for about $60 less than the above. How far can one go until I reach a bottleneck effect or just plain not meet the requirements?
The price have obviously gone up from before, where I set out to spend around $500-700, but I'm content with the additions of HDD and OS. If anyone has an idea of ways to lower the costs with the same components I'd love to hear about it.
So, as for the conlclusion of this purchuse I've got two alternatives. Not a lot of difference between them I assume, but I thought I'd bring it up with you guys and see where which one gets more love.
AMD Athlon II X2 245 $76.00
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P Motherboard $103.00
G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ (2x2GB) DDR3 $139.00
Antec New Solution VSK-2000 Case $65.00
Sapphire Radeon HD5670 512MB $109.00
Microsoft Wired Desktop 400 OEM $19.00
Western Digital Blue 500GB WD5000AAKS $63.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $135.00
Antec Neo Eco 400C 400W Power Supply $56.00
Also, what is the significance of getting a Athlon II X3 435 and a GA-MA770TA-UD3P instead? I've found good prices on megaware and it seems like a more upgradable choice as far as OC'ing. My only question really is, wether or not it is good choice in regards to value for performance?
i cant offer you much in the way of hardware advice but you may want to try www.msy.com.au if theres a suitable store location for you. They have very competitive prices, offer specials and are pretty well established.
the only downside is the site is a bit of a mess and the .pdf list of parts isnt very detailed, still you may be able to squeeze a few extras into you budget.
*just stay well well away from any of the SHAW products, visit the whirlpool forums if your wondering why.