This is only my second build so wondering whether these parts would work well together.
As the build is for a friend, if they are not willing to pay just under £500, could anyone offer ideas to save costs, bringing it closer to £400? I expect a cheaper GPU would be the first option but not sure which.
This forum was a great help in my first build for myself (which is running amazingly) so I hope this thread is received as well as my first, thanks.
Good build overall... The LGA 1156 platform is "dead" and there will be no upgrade path down the road for this PC. For an Intel build it would be better to wait a few weeks and see how the release of Sandy Bridge shapes up. IMHO stay away from 1156...
If you are on a budget consider going with an AMD build. A Phenom X4 955 and AM3 MB could easily get you down on the price. Keep the other components the same as they are quality parts.
Hmm, pricing up a Phenom X4 955 Black Edition with a Gigabyte AM3 mobo is going to cost about £35 more but I expect would be a better choice? That's about the cheapest Phenom X4 CPU I can find at the moment, can't seem to source anything cheaper from the X4 line.
Thanks a lot sadams04! We decided to go with the AMD Phenom 955 Black and a HD 5750 instead of 5770 because of a very good deal at my local store. All that is left is to await delivery and hope the build goes well.
The price difference is minimal so that's not a factor, guess I'm just concerned how well the system will run games on a 1920x1080 monitor or whether there is any benefits in buying a 20"1600x900 when a 21.5" 1920x1080 monitor is only about £10 more.
I will be buying one of these from elsewhere though as osoo.co.uk has extremely bad reviews.