PARTS PREFERENCES: Bang for buck, max fps within budget
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not within budget
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am considering building a new rig and was just looking for a little advice before I make my final decision about whether to go ahead, and if so what to buy.
My current situation is that I have a 2 year old rig based on an Intel E8400 and ATI 4850 with 4Gb of RAM. It is all at stock settings and the OS I use (and will continue with) is Windows 7 64bit.
When I built this system 2 years ago, I pretty much based it on information found on this forum...Once again I have looked around but this time have not found anything that really relates to my situation. Because of this I figured I should just go ahead and make my first post
To put this in perspective all I use my system for is gaming, so maximising my fps is no.1 priority. It is also worth noting that I will not be overclocking at any point. I do get the argument for it, however I prefer to run as cool and stable as possible. Each time I have messed with the clocks (even quite recently with my 4850) I have had issues with stability (display drivers started crashing every 60 mins)...
I am considering upgrading to something along the lines of:
My first question is whether at this point in time selling my current tower for around £200 - £300 and upgrading is a sensible one. Can I expect to see a decent improvement in gaming performance or would I be better off just (for example) buying a 5850 to replace the 4850 and sticking with the rest of the system I already have? (Not sure if there would be any bottlenecks.)
Secondly if the upgrade is advisable I just wanted to get some opinions from others with regard to my component choice. From what I have read the i5 750 is pretty much all that is needed for gaming and will save up to £150 on the rest of the build and within my budget the 5850 seemed the best card to go for. Is this accurate? Like I said I really just want to maximise my fps within the budget, therefore I am not concerned with luxuries like SSD etc...
The little arctic pro one isnt too good, its only a 92mm fan so it will be a bit louder and not quite as cool, overclockers doesnt have the Hyper 212+ in stock right now but once they get it back its a fair bit better than the arctic cooling one. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...
And for gaming AMD offer better value. The AMD Phenom II X4 955 saves ~30 odd pounds, and an AMD mobo will have more/better features than a P55 board at the same price. The only downside is that you have to make a choice between SLI or CF capability. Which can offer a decent upgrade option.
I think I would suggest starting off with just a GPU upgrade. And if there are still games where the upgraded GPU doesn't overcome any possible shortcomings with the CPU then you could consider upgrading the rest of the system.