Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade almost everything in my current PC so I can play the newest games on high settings. At the moment I have a dual core 2.8GhZ processor, 4gb ram, Nvidia 9600GT so looking for a good performance boost over that.
I'm in Australia, so will be buying all the stuff from www.msy.com.au, though if there is something that really would be much better elsewhere which they don't stock I'd be fine with that.
Anyway, I'm looking to spend about $800-950AUD, and have come up with a bit of a list so far. Can some people with better hardware knowledge than me please look over it to optimize? Main part still unsure about is the motherboard. I want to go AMD because it seems muh cheaper for what you get.
Also want a new HDD to be the C drive. Its a bit of a toss up between a slower 2TB (the low power 'green' ones) or a faster 1TB. I do value a large storage capacity, but potentially further down the track I can add an extra HDD if I fill the first.
I put together a gaming build in a similar price point not long ago so i may have a few things to suggest. Just going to say a few things first. Firstly i think if youre gaming i wouldnt go with AMD, for a gaming rig i think you would get more for your money with Intel. Maybe try something like this:
This comes to $759, leaving just under $200 for a mobo, of which that site has a bad choice of with the 1156 socket. You should be able to get something like an ASUS p7p55 PRO for that much, this is also great for SLI should you want to do so in future (you would definitely need a 750w PSU for this)
Thats a good build for a good price imo and i know this works well with games because its a similar setup to mine, also it should stay nice and cool because the GTX 460's and the Antec 300 are renowned for being nice and cool.
Thanks for the suggestions. I did forget to mention that I will be looking to Crossfire a bit further down the track, not straight away due to budget. Looking around at a few other threads, it looks like the ASRock 870 Extreme3 motherboard will be a better one to go for in that case, right?
Jmsellars, the Ripjaws RAM does indeed look very nice. I might have to go for that. Any particular reason to go intel over AMD? The Intel 2.8Ghz Quad core is significantly more expensive than the 3.2Ghz AMD one on my current list.
It's because 3.2ghz quad core AMD does not equal a 3.2Ghz quad core Intel, generally speaking the Intel is going to be better in almost every area, gaming especially. even if you take an Intel and an AMD of the same price range instead of clock speed like a Phenom II x4 975 (3.6Ghz Quad) and the i5 760 (2.8Ghz Quad) i think the Intel is still better for gaming while the AMD would surely beat it in multithreaded stuff like rendering etc. I should say also that you probably wont notice much difference in these 2 CPU's until you go Crossfire/SLI but once you do i have a feeling the i5 will be much better. I should also say that the i5-760 is great for overclocking, with even a relatively cheap aftermarket cooler you should be able to push it to 4Ghz which lets it compete with some of the very best (stock) CPU's Intel sell atm. (For gaming)
As for your mobo, if youre planning SLI/Crossfire take a look at the ASUS p7p55-d PRO.
Lastly, about your graphics card. You seem to be leaning toward ATI, thats fine but i do urge you to check out reviews/benchmarks for the GTX 460 1GB (especially the SLI scaling) before buying because it is a great card for this kind of budget. (I have one myself, planning to get another soon ) And if you do go for a 460 i'd stay away from the Palit one because the cooling isnt all that great compared to say the Gigabyte or MSI models. It's also not upgradable since the mounting holes for a cooler are a bit strange and you have to buy a very specific cooler.
P.S. Just noticed you wanted 8Gb RAM, i think 4GB of decent RAM should be plenty for gaming for a good while yet and it's pretty easy to upgrade in future anyway.