Hey, I have no experience in PC building so... Boom;
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Within 3 or 4 months...
As cheap as (is reasonably) possible?*
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Playing SC2 with good frames on top/very-near-top settings*, internet surfing and the odd word document.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Keyboard Mouse Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Any decent legit UK site.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Im from the UK (england) is that what this area is for?
Never done anything like this before so whatever
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
1366 x 768
Give suggestions for case but I think even with my limited knowledge in the area of home-builds Ill be able to pick a nice shiney one
I know a lot will change in the time frame but this will still give me good direction of what i'll need.
Ive been poking around the component reviews and such and even though ive been able to single out the odd thing that looks hench and well priced i struggle to pick the other things. For example I have no idea what i need to be looking for in a mobo, the prices are drastically different even if you filter them with just one connection thingy, and lots of ram are 2x2gb (then some sort of crazy language of numbers) THIS IS MADNESS!
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz £110 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/190673
You could get an Athlon II X3 440/445, but I believe that SC2 benefits from quad cores. Going to a modern Intel quad core would cost at least £50 more.
GPU: If you have a monitor that only has VGA/D-Sub input then get this:
Palit GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 £149 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/227181
If you have DVI and/or HDMI:
Inno3D GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 £153 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/226371
This will be overkill for your resolution, but it should mean that you will be able to max the settings on either game. Possibly in 3/4 months ATI will have released their 6000 series of GPUs, in which case you will definitely want to compare performance between GTX 460 and some from the 6000 series that costs a similar amount or check if the price on 5000 series GPUs is attractive.
Well they seem to make high quality memory, with good speed, good (low) latency and good (low) voltages. They are also good at overclocking (about 10 months ago they had sets used in 3 out of 7 of the best overclocking systems at an OCing competition). Also they are priced quite competitively.
I suggested it just now, because it is one of the best price/performance sets on ebuyer. If you were buying off scan it would have to be Corsair because a. scan only seem to stock Corsair RAM and b. because a good CAS 7 set on there is only £93 and you can get a slower CAS 9 1600mhz set for much cheaper than anywhere else at ~£75.