I'm building a new computer, and since I play a lot of PC games I wanted to make something that'll be able to handle some of the new games that have and will be coming out. My computer is really outdated ATM so I'm planning on building a new computer from the ground up. Anyway I've picked out some parts and I wanted to get your guys opinions and also to check if everything is compatible.
My budget is around 500-600$. Right now it's about 565$ with tax and shipping. I'm willing to go up to ~650$. I think maybe one of the things I can upgrade is the CPU? Not sure but 115$ for a CPU+mobo seem kinda cheap. Also I thought about going DDR3 memory (although I'd have to get a mobo that can use it) but I'm not really sure it's really worth the price. Also since the mobo is microATX will it be big enough to fit my GPU? I heard those things run pretty large, so I'm not sure...
I'm mainly going to be playing games like WoW, SC2, TF2, and such. I know those aren't really very graphic intensive games. I'm most definitely not going to be playing Crysis or such, but maybe S.T.A.L.K.E.R or CoD:MW2 or rather Black Ops. So I don't need anything top of the line. I just want to build a computer that will last me a few (or more preferably ) years while being able to handle most of the games I throw at it.
First of all I want to make sure everything is compatible (I think it is) and second I want to know if people have any suggestions on better products without pushing my budget too high. Thanks!
I think I'll follow your guys' advice and go with the triple core + DDR3 memory. But I'm not really sure I need a 200$ GPU for the games I'll be playing. Isn't the GTX 460 one of the best cards out right now? With the MIR the 9800 GTX+ is 100$ and still seems like it gives one of the best bang for its price.. Just wondering if the GTX 460 is really necessary for me...
Also for the PSU. I'm not gonna be doing SLI/Crossfire so I was thinking my original case with the 450W PSU would do just fine.. If I kept my 9800 GTX+ do I really need the fancy SLI ready PSUs? Using http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine website I think I only need about 350W.
It's not just the wattage, but amperage. That's how much power you have on your 12v rail, which is what's really of prime concern. Better PSU's have more than the cheap ones (as a rule of the thumb). 450 should be alright, I suppose. Also having a bit of headroom if you wanna OC later & maybe add a HSF, The 550 watt one is prolly a better investment. But stick to yours' for the time being if you wanna.
Why wouldn't you go with the 460? It should be well within your budget?
If you're OK with ATI, one of the best bang-for-the -buck cards - $135 Radeon HD 5770
This should be alright if you don't want a million fps @ 1920 X 1080 on max.
the only real potential problem with your existing 420 is that is old. If it wa new when your system was built, its 4-5 years old and not delivering 420 watts anymore.
safer to get a new PSU
oh wait, you mean the 420W PSU included in that inexpensive raidmax case? It's probably garbage. Unless its from one of the top brands (Antec, Sea Sonic, Silverstone) you usually should not trust the included PSUs.
Alright, thanks for the heads-up on the PSU. I'm probably gonna go with the OCZ PSU + HDD combo.
I might go with the ATI 5570, is there any major difference between ATI and Nvidia? Aside from the SLI/Crossfire thing (which I won't be doing)
Also I think I might go with the Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). The Mushkin RAM you suggested at first had no reviews so it kinda put me off (although it's a really minor issue). Are there any real big differences between the difference memory manufacturers?
Also I forgot to mention I live in CA so tax is raping me up the butt. With the GTX 460 it comes out to about ~720$ which is kind of pushing it. With the HD 5770 it's around $650 which is a little bit better for me.
Yeah, like I said earlier the 460 would be overkill for the games I'll be playing. Also I tried picking out the same products on COMPUSA but without the money saved from combo deals it comes out to roughly the same price. I think TigerDirect would be the same (Are they the under the same company? Everything from their website layout to prices looks exactly the same)
Much better 770 Mobo - ASRock M3A770DE for only 15 bucks extra - Supports DDR3 1600 w/o OC, USB 3.0, Crossfire, eSATA. The Biostar would downgrade the DDR3 1600 RAM to 1333 w/o OC.
Try to get a combo with the 440/445. Get the Ripjaws/XMS3. Keep the rest of my build & you're good to go. Of course, you'll get to save a bit if you can get a few combos going. But even if you don't, IMO, the better, more future proof build is prolly the way to go unless you're absolutely strapped for cash.
Actually, you might be able to keep your old 450 Watt PSU if you don't add a second gfx card. Check out this Power Supply Calculator to see if that would be possible. Just be sure to fill in forms correctly.
Also, this mobo might cost you a bit more, but is a lot more future proof with USB 3.0, SATA3, eSATA3. If you keep your PSU, you'll be definitely able to get this much better mobo - ASRock 870 EXTREME3
If however you go with the cheaper 770 chipset, the ASRock M3A770DE will prolly be a better value purchase with support for 1600 Mhz RAM w/o OC.