[New Build] Considering a New Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 3 - 4 months

BUDGET RANGE: £700 - £800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just need the tower

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: eBuyer.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Bang for buck, max fps within budget

OVERCLOCKING: No

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:

CPU - i5 750 - £170 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755
GPU - 5850 - £240 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199655
MoBo - P55 - £90 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173451
Memory - 4Gb DDR3 - £95 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191178
PSU - 650W - £80 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135514
CPU Fan - Artic Pro 7 - £20 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157
Case - Casecom 6788 - £30 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172779
HDD - Samsung DVD-RW - £15 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/227080
Optical - West. Digital 500GB (x2) - £70 - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228

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...

Thanks in advance for any responses.

-Ark
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  1. Swap the HDD for the samsung F3, it will be faster than the caviar blue and is cheaper
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252

    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-029-CM&groupid=701&catid=57&subcat=1395
  2. Thanks, I will definatley switch to x2 F3 then, and cheers for the info on the fan. I will look into the avaibility of the Hyper when/if i order the components.
  3. Save ~£8 getting this PSU: XFX 650W XXX Edition http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191826

    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.
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