SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX, Newegg.ca
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and Nvidia
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (22" Samsung Syncmaster 2233 RZ)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for best gaming PC (with overclocking) in this price range. Are all the parts decent for overclocking to around 3.5-3.7?
Agreed with the hard drive and the HAF 922. As for the cooler, the Noctua is extremely silent, but doesn't perform any better than the Dark Knight. It's worth it for heavy overclocking.
However, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is easily the best performing budget cooler out there, while the Scythe Mugen 2 provides similar results, but with much less noise and a higher price tag. For all but extreme overclocks, these are more than good enough.
Cooler Master PSU's tend to be average at best. You might consider Antec, Corsair or the more expensive OCZ lines, these are far better and more stable.
Why the 460? It's great for crossfire due to the brilliant SLI scaling, but as a single card ATI ones are better bang for the buck. Your motherboard supports crossfire, but the second slot is 4x, so don't count on it providing a benefit.
May I recommend a 5850? For modern games, it's more than powerful enough and provides excellent value for money.
cm hyper 212 cost higher than normal price in newegg. i agree in the cm hyper. but buy it from other places. like amazon.
i also agree on the psu. should go for another brand. in the gpu. your right, the 5850 would be better suited. sorry for the 460 sli'd . i forgot about the mobo he picked
I'm happy I posted on this forum! Very fast and useful advice!
CPU Cooler: For the hyper 212, will it allow me to go to 3.5-3.7?
Case: Great, I'll switch to the HAF 922 as you all reccomended. Will it fit with the CPU cooler etc?
PSU: What specific PSUs would you suggest?
Card: Only reason I chose Nvidia is because I've used their cards for so long with no problems. Is there an alternative to the 460 that is on par with the 5850?
Great advice so far
- Quite easily, some people got 4GHz on that cooler without any issues, 3,5 should work without much of an effort.
- The build you picked fits in much smaller cases than the 922, which is pretty darn close to being a full tower.
- Antec 650W NeoPower, Corsair 650W HX (or TX is modular isn't required), OCZ ModXStream 600 or 700W,...
- Nvidia's latest generation is inferior to ATI's. They consume more power, produce more heat and offer less performance per dollar. The 460 isn't as bad as its bigger siblings, but not powerful enough I'm afraid. Besides, don't worry about your card not working properly. ATI now makes excellent quality drivers, unlike it did a few years ago. On the other hand, Nvidia released some epic fails of drivers recently.
Sorry, the card that directly competes with the ATI 5850 is the Nvidia 470, but its overpriced, consumes a vast amount of power and is extremely hot.