This is the first time I'm building a comp from scratch. I'm looking for a computer which is quiet (my current one is like a jet engine), and am aiming for it to be a good multitasking computer (ie. lots of browser windows, photoshop, other programs etc open at the same time, but no video editing). Occasional gaming (but I'm not too hardcore on max settings).
I've planned the following build with a budget of about $800AUD in mind. Sorry, links are to Australian websites which I've used simply to get an idea of the prices they have here.
I just have three questions:
1. The motherboard is a 64-bit, does that mean I need the 64-bit version of Windows?
2. Do I need a network card to hook it up to my LAN?
3. Does anybody have any other suggestions on advice? Are all these components compatible with one another? (So far as I can tell they are, and the powersupply is more than adequate I think).
1) No you don't, it just means it supports it, HOWEVER you can't use 32bit with 4 gigs of ram, 32-bit only recognizes 3 gigs at the most. So you may need to change your ram (I don't suggest) or change your OS from 32 to 64 (Suggested)
2) No you don't need to or at least I don't think so. Pretty sure you don't need to since you really just need to hook them up through Ethernet right?
3) I think you should look into a GPU, the onboard isn't even going to cut it at low settings (depending on your res) what is your resolution going to be? Your PSU may cut it, but I've never heard of them so I think you should change it for an 80+ PSU. Like this one, http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
2) No network card required. As you can see here, it has an onboard NIC.
3) Parts look fine, though the case is eating up a large portion of your budget. A 5770 will be ok at 1920x1080, if you're gaming at a lower resolution, then it will be more than adequate. If you can stretch your budget a little, you might consider looking at a GTX 460 1 GB or an ATI 6850.
NP! Umm yeah, as to the gpu, look at some of the GTX 460's. I checked them out, some of them are pretty close to the 5770's pricing. But if your going to play at like 1440x900 then you should be fine with that 5770.
Awesome, thanks both for your advice. I think I'll stick with the 5770 as gaming isn't a HUGE part of what I do (although definitely a part of what I do hehe), and I'll go with the OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular PSU.
THanks again for your help! Fingers crossed I put this thing together a-okay
It seems to me like a good investment for future expansion and upgrades/future proofing. I've checked it, and I think it all works together/will fit together properly, and the power supply (the OCZ Fatality 550 modular) is still adequate. Is that a fair assessment?
Ah ha, thanks, I didn't pick that up until you pointed it out. I've decided to go with the Sapphire 6850 simply because it's easier and cheaper to source in my current location. The temperature it runs at is comparable to the Asus DirectCu though, which is a plus: