Hello all. I'm thinking about upgrading my PC and possibly building another for a friend. The goal in both builds is finding a sweet-spot between value and performance while keeping cost very low. Both systems should be capable of playing most of the top games and multitasking between converting video files and burning media discs while also having performance to spare. Also, I'm interested in doing whatever unlocking and overclocking that can be accomplished easily to further enhance the value of the parts I purchase. I'd be disappointed if I couldn't unlock at least one of the cpus but I do understand that it is a crap-shoot. Either way, I'm interested in trying out the AMD 450 for the fun of it.
I've built my last three systems and tried a little overclocking on each of them. That's about the extent of my build experience.
Do you plan on using the on-board video or a discrete (stand-alone) GPU (video card)?
Also, what is your budget for the build?
Overall, without any additional info, your build looks okay, nothing really out of balance. Make sure you build a solid "stock settings" system and verify its stability before you begin tinkering with OCing and unlocking cores. Focus on OCing the CPU and GPU and I would recommend you not OC the memory (really isn't worth it in terms of gained performance compared to stability issues especially since OCing RAM does so little in most cases).
Go down to 4gb RAM, change HDD to Samsung Spinpoint F3 - 6gb/s HDD are not worth it.
What res do you play at? 9800 is still pretty good so likely no need to change that for now.
Get the Hyper 212+ CPU cooler for a cheap but very effective cooler for OCing
Change the CPu to a good quality one. Bat suggested a good one - 520W is plenty of power for your build
DDR3 ram is so cheap right now that I thought I'd take advantage but I hear you.
good call on the HDD 6gb/s issue. Storage, though, is not an issue as I have a server and the other build can deal with finding an external hdd when that fills up.
Thanks for the psu suggestion, I wasn't sure on that.
If I wanted to add a second gpu to my system down the road, would I need a 600w psu? I've played with the idea of putting together a triple monitor system down the road.