Im building a new gaming rig and i put some research in it but i wanna have your opinions, i might change my mind about something
The PC will mainly be used for gaming and other stuff that require minimal power. I know some demanding games will hold me back but I’d like to do most of my gaming at 1920x1080
Please keep in mind that this is my budget limit, maybe even a little over it, so try not to recommend more expensive alternatives, also, I live in egypt, so not all alternatives will be available
CPU Phenom II X4 955
Mobo Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
GPU Sapphire Toxic HD5850
RAM OCZ Platinum Series 6GB DDR3 1600 CL7 v1.65 Triple Channel Kit
HDD Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB
Case Cooler master storm scout
PSU OCZ StealthXStream 600W
I also have a few questions:
Should i stick with the stock CPU fan? im not planning on overclocking much, 3.6-3.8 ghz will probably be as high as i go. A lot of people say it's okay for no/mild overclocking
Is the toxic 5850 much better than other 5850s? has anybody benched 5850s against each other?
What do you think of my ram choice? it would help me if i dropped to a 4 gb kit, so will i notice a difference if i do? as i said im already over the budget
About the HDD, is black much better than green? Should i notice differences? (im not very hardcore so ill live with the difference if it's tolerable)
Finally, do you think my PSU is enough?
Sorry about the long post guys, any help will be appreiciated
Here are some benchmarks between the stock HD 5850 and Sapphire Toxic HD 5850 This is one area you could go with the standard HD 5850 to better fit your budget. You can OC the 5850 to get a boost near the Toxic performance.
The 3 stick - triple channel - OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 CL7 isn't a good match for the dual channel Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. A 4GB set like G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600 CL8 $105 is a better option.
There is just a $10 price difference between the 5400RPM WD Digital Caviar Green and the 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 or SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3. They do have better performance - probably enough to justify the $10 price increase. Storage Benchmarks
OCZ Black Edition DDR3 1600 CL8 would be a good choice.
Sapphire 5850 or XFX 5850 would also be good choices.
If you can't find the Asus M4A87TD EVO 870 the M4A785TD-V will work well too.
OCZ StealthXStream 600W is plenty of power for that system with a single 5850.
The 700W model should be enough for a 2nd 5850 sometime in the future.