Ok well I tried making a rig a year ago and ran into problems with my motherboard...I lost interest and learned how to reach the internet and game different ways. But since then I've realized I need my own computer and to stop using my moms laptop. I have saved some main parts from my older rig and have no idea what happened to the others. I currently have:
- AMD X3 720 (black edition and whatnot)
- XFX ATI Radeon HD5770
- Windows 7 home premium
EDIT: I have recently found these parts:
- Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200 RPM
- Earthwatts 650 watt model EA-650
- And a DVD/CD RW drive
I have a budget of $550 to put into other parts and I dont think my graphics card is out of date yet (thank god) So please give me suggestions. What Should I update and what CPU cooler, RAM, and mobo should I buy?
Try this one. not a bad combo, and in your budget $495 after rebate:
- - - - - # Intel Core i5-655K Clarkdale 3.2GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80616I5655K
# GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
# G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
# RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
# OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ700SXS2 700W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
# Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
And add the Hyper 212 Plus for only $15 after rebate.
And you can stick your card in it and sell your other parts, maybe use that money to add some ram and upgrade to a different cpu later down the road.
Thanks suteck but I wanted to Overclock my X3 720 and I don't really want to go through selling everything. @Gkay, Is CPU good enough to handle overclocking? And will the Mobo let me overclock my CPU easliy? My case is a full tower so I'm pretty sure it's big enough. It's Older though so idk it's name.
^ I would suggest you to stick with the X3 720...It is still one of the best budget CPUs IMO and has a lot of potential left in it...
That X3 720 is a Black Edition which means unlocked multiplier - which means easy overclock...With a good cooler like the Hyper and with that board, you can expect say 3.6-3.8GHz overclock without much issues...Also you can try core unlocking
Which case do you have?
I don't really know how much I'm spending on case/fans. I'm still just looking around and trying different set ups out. I like that NZXT case, It's cheaper then what I had set up by like $30. I guess I should have said that I'm gonna be gaming at 720p, which is low res apparently. Would crossfired 5770's future proof me for a good amount of time?
^ Well a single 5770 would play nearly all the games maxed out @ your resolution, so I would suggest you save money and stick with 1 for now and later on when you fell it is becoming slow, get another or go with a single powerful card...
I probably will crossfire at some point in time so I think Im gonna stick with the ASRock Board. Also looking at reviews for that Gigabyte make it seem a bit flaky. The board I bought when I first tried building a computer was a gigabyte and they put a chip right next to a screw hole so if you tightend at all you would break it. I don't like gigabyte lol.