So it is official, my old rig is dead
the king is dead, long live the , new , king
after my last build , about 3 years ago I almost lost contact with what is new in the pc world, so now I pretty much know nothing aboiut which cpus and mobos are the best deal etc, and given my job is taking most of my time I dont ven have time to reeducate miself againabout these things, so this is why I am asking you guys, please help me chose the right mobo and cpu.
since the price on intel cpus and mobo has extremly high for this build I decided to go for an amd solution
-I only have around 350 dollars available - to be used to buy a cpu and mobo only
-I will recicle my HDD, powersource, GPU, case and DVD-writer from my old, pc, they are perfectly good,
what will I use this pc: rendering fractals, editing video, some gaming: starcraft 2, homeworld2, X3 - basicaly space RTSs and RPGs, some overclocking
NOTE: I DO NOT PLAY FPSs, so I do not need a high end video card nor do I need multiple video cards, so I do NOT need a mobo with more than 1 pcix16x slot
I saw the new charts on toms and before seeing them I was more for the phenom ii X2 555 black edition, that is almost on par with the new X6 on most usual aplications, and games, however after i saw the performence of the X6 on video editing and rendering I have decided for the X6, if you have other ideas please tell me, but with arguments please.
as for the mobo I am at a complete lost here, I have absolutely no idea what to buy, the offer is so diverse, with so many chipsets, sockets, ddr2/ddr3, variants that I have decided it is best to ask those who stayed in tocuh with whats new in the industry rather than taking my luck with a random mobo which looks good on paper.
also, should I go with ddr 3 or 2? my old rig had 2 gigs of ddr 2, Adata extreme edition 4-4-4-9, I saw some AM2+ or AM3s which still suported the ddr2 but I am not sure, what do you think?
I dont think newegg ships outside US...But better to stick with local stores or the ones that are in EU as the shipping and taxes might be very high...
And as for the i7, in Video rendering and encoding, the 1055T once overclocked would be a better value than the i7 as it is costs ~$100 more but gives similar performance...
And also the mobos are slightly costlier than the AMD ones...
But if you still want to go i7, then some good options -
Gigabyte P55-USB3, P55A-UD3, ASUS P7P55D-E Lx
And check out these boards too - These are the ones without SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0(I doubt these would matter, but the USB3.0 might be a good addition)
ASUS M4A77TD AM3
This one has USB3.0
by the way, now that I have decided for the 6 core cpu I looked for a decent sink at a decent price and I decided for the Schyte Mugen 2 rev b, a very good and silent sink.
HOWEVER, that sink is HUGE, and thus I need to change my very small case with a roomy one, can you guys direct me to a bug case, but please, make it cheap, it doesnt have to have eyecandy or transparent panels , just be practical, decent quality and did I say BIG
the antec 200 is out of the question, its more expensive than the NZXT and it lacks ...
however if I dont buy the NZXT my second option is antec 300, very good case.
as for the cooler I have decided for the Schyte Mugen 2 rev B, CM Hyper 212+ being the third option, the second one is Thermalright 120 Extreme with a Schyte fan
in total, without the HDD, ddr3 and the GPU which I already have , it will cost me around 600 $ ( If I get the newegg deal it will be just a little bit more than 500$ )
I guess I get a LOT for this kind of small buck
Phenom X6 1055T
Giga mobo with USB 3 and SATA III
Schyte Mugen 2 rev B
Seasonic IS12II 630W 80+ bronze ( I have a PSU but I have decided to change it for something more solid )
any comments on the final build? any last minute suggestions?
^ You wont be going more than 1 GPU right ? If Yes, then even the Seasonic's 520W would suffice, but if the price difference is not high, then get the 630W...
Check out these PSUs too - Corsair 550VX, Silverstone Strider series 500-600Ws
Rest are fine...
^^ Corsair still gets their PSUs from Seasonic/ CWT, but they have some control over the quality of the products...
And that Seasonic that you have linked is a very good one, but the Corsairs have very good warranty...
That combo is fine, but you get good case + PSUs for less, thus nullifying the combo discounts that it offers, but its your call though...
unless i find someone I know in US to bring it to me in EU, than all this search on newegg would have been for nothing, and I will be forced to get a lower performance machine for more money from stores in my country