Hi, i'm on the verge of ordering this build, and I just wanted to know if anyone can see any obvious bottlenecks with it. I'm almost certainly going to buy it as I like the processor which I got for a very reasonable price, and I think it will be a viable build for a year or so untill i'm in a better financial position.
I bought the system from an online retailer, without the part listed in red.
My main concerns are with bottlenecks between the PSU, the GPU, CPU and Mobo. Anyone have any suggestions seeing as I haven't bought the GPU yet?
Oh and I would consider investing in a better-than-stock CPU cooler and overclocking it, although I know nothing more about overclocking than someone who'se just read about it for 5 minutes on this forum (which is what I did).
Here is my build:
HDD: 500 GB SATA-II HDD 7200 8MB 650W PSU RAM: Corsair 8GB XMS3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (2x4GB) Case: Tornado Gaming Case - Black GPU: Nvidia GTX 470 1.2GB CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 (4 x 3.5 GHz) AM3 8MB - Black Edition Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA74GMT-S2 (AMD 740G) AM3 PSU: Standard 650W PSU
One thing I do see is that the motherboard is not a SLI/Xfire model, which I may want by then... but I figure I can get it done.
The PC from the builder cost me £540 and the GPU will cost me £170ish.
Another thing I just noticed is that with an AMD chipset, there is no chance for SLI later. All AMD chipsets support Crossfire only. You will need to grab an nvidia chipset if you want an AMD processor and SLI compatibility. Otherwise, grab a hd6870 or XFX 5870 for the same ~$250.