First time builder here, and I could really use some help. I want to build a gaming rig to replace my old p4, radeon x300 system, so I can finally play "new" games like fallout 3 and mass effect. I've learned enough on these forums to gain a basic understanding of the parts I need, but I am in no way an expert.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: couple of weeks
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need everything. total overhaul.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: people here seem to like newegg so I'll go with that
PARTS PREFERENCES: single graphics card, 5850
OVERCLOCKING: maybe. never oc before.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 cause of monitor. I've heard that really large monitors/high resolutions are dual gpu territory.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: a quiet pc would be really nice
I don't know if everything is compatible or if it will fit inside the case. I also have not included keyboard/mouse or an aftermarket cooler. Not sure what cooler is best or what will fit, though people here seem to like the coolermaster hyper212+.
Not sure if I should pick a better PSU for future upgrades like a 5970 when prices come down. I'm also hoping everything comes with all the required wires, and installation equipment.
The CPU seems decent for a gaming rip. I'm a bit confused since these two articles seem to have different conclusions:
Lastly I've heard how some people need to fiddle with bios settings, like disabling onboard sound to use headphones or just to make everything work together. It would be nice if everything just works, without having to set fan speeds, voltages, settings, etc.
That about covers it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
external drives are getting fitted out with the controller now, its gathering pace, the bottleneck also affects using sata 6gbps, so that covers forthcoming ssds
I'm just saying, if you buy a board for headline features (usb3 crossfire etc), then i expect no problems further down the line if i want to make proper use of them.
Its just a heads up to the guy, in case he is thinking about using an 6gbps ssd with crossfire
It shows that even the core 2 duo does really well compared to quad core CPUs. Made me think that maybe CPU doesn't really matter all that much. But if the i5 really is better for gaming then I'll go for that instead.
Btw, thanks for the cooler option. Looks to be a really good one. Also cheaper than hyper212+.