I'm looking to build a new gaming rig for myself, and am looking at a budget of around £1500 ($2270). Was hoping someone here could give me some advice?
It's been a while since i built a system so i'm a little out of the loop when it comes to the latest hardware.
So far, i've decided i want to get a Radeon 5970HD GPU as it seems to be the fastest single slot card on the market. I'll probably aim to crossfire with another one in the future but this will do for now.
Other than this, i have no idea where to start with selecting the right motherboard, CPU and RAM to ensure i have minimal bottlenecks.
I've been looking at the i7 930 cpus and it seems the top end is roughly £800. As much as i'd like that, it doesnt leave alot to spend on the rest of the PC, and i'm sure it's overkill for gaming anyway!
As for RAM, i have little knowledge on that, other than i'm hoping to get at least 6Gb of it. I'm also not sure where to start with the case, PSU and cooling.
Finally, i'm considering an SSD hard drive, but only if it is going to make a big difference in performance for the money.
Can anyone advise a poor wayward soul on what direction he should be taking?
A list of suggested components would very much be appreciated, but any info i can get would be a great help. I'm not too concerned about the optical drive, monitor, keyboard or mouse as all these things can be taken from my old PC. I really want to just spend my money on the critical parts.
Again, thanks in advance to anyone who takes the tiem to help out, if you need any more info, please just let me know
I do indeed live in England, would you suggest that's the best priced website as well?
To be honest, it's doubtful i will overclock, assuming the stock speeds are good enough to last me at least a couple of years. So if you can recommend a cheaper motherboard, which in turn would allow me to spend a little more on other bits, i'm all ears.
I wouldn't upgrade the cpu or ram. The next CPUs costs 200-300 more and have no big advantages over the 930. And as for the ram the one I listed is already very fast and upgrading further will cost you a lot for virtually no real world difference.
I would invest the extra in a good gaming keyboard/mouse. Otherwise in the case and cooler. Or maybe an ssd.
I think the card comes with an adapter for hdmi. But I don't think you can get sound of that even if your card supports hdmi natevliy like my 470gtx. I think you have to get your sound from the motherboard directly or a sound card.
I checked it out and it seems to be a pretty good deal. A 4.0ghz OC with warrenty, a better case and cooler, slightly slower ram though but you won't notice it.
I wouldn't swap out the gpu for a 5970 though. A 5870(which is included) will max out any game on a 1900X1080 screen. And if you want more poer adding another 5870 is cheaper and more powerful than a 5970.