I'm trying to build a budget gaming PC. Not looking to play Crysis 2 on max settings... but I'd like to be able to play most of the newer PC games with acceptable framerates. I included the specs for the computer I setup via AVAdirect. Wondering how it looks. Do i need to choose a CPU cooler and a thermal compund? By default these upgrades were not selected. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
All i can say is... thanks for the feedback! I'm a noob when it comes to this stuff. Faster RAM? Do you have any suggestions. I'm not really sure how quality stacks up vs. quantity. And what about the CPU cooling and thermal compound. Are those essential or will the case and PSU come with enough fans to cool the PC. Thanks again for the feedback.
Not a problem. Now I can elaborate on it a little.
Hmm... RAM. I just went over to AVADirect and took a look, and all that you'd really need would be to opt for the HyperX model, which is only around $5 more. It's just a little more robust than their basic ValueRam model.
As for quality vs quantity, they really go hand-in-hand. Cheap PSU manufacturers rate their PSUs at the very upper limit of what they can handle. Sometimes they can't even be pushed that far. When you go with a good brand name, though, they often underrate their PSUs, meaning that even if you buy a 500w unit, it can probably handle 550-600. Now, that's just an example, but it just goes to show the quality difference. Don't take that as a recommendation to get a lower rated PSU, though.
As for a recommendation, It depends on what else you're going to be putting in this PC.
CPU cooling. If you're sure you won't be overclocking, than the stock heatsink that is included should be fine. If you want more security or the ability to overclock, then you'll need an upgraded heatsink. Keep in mind, though, that the i5-2500 isn't overclockable. You'll need an i5-2500K (note the "K") if you want to do so, which will push your budget up even further.
The case is going to be the same way. If you're not overclocking at all, whatever comes with the case should be fine. If you want to do any overclocking, though, I'd have to look through their selection and find a case that has better than average airflow to help keep temperatures down.
Can you give me a budget? I could find the best possible build for your needs if you can just pull together a price range and what you'll be using this computer for.
My budget is $1000. I'll be using the computer primarily for gaming. Looking forward to alot of the new realeases; Guild wars 2, Diablo 3, etc... I also do alot of streaming of videos and things online, so I'd like a computer that can multitask. Always frustrating when alt tabbing means a 30 second wait to load my desktop. Pretty much I'm trying to build the best gaming computer I can for $1000 or under. Thanks for all the help, keep it coming! )
Not a problem. I'm actually a big fan of those builds you have there - it's always nice to see someone who actually takes a minute to explain component choices along with keeping it updated. Honestly, there's very little to nothing I'd change about what you've picked out.
Anyway, back on topic. Figured I should get that out of the way... I feel like that little link is quite unappreciated around here on Tom's.
I get the feeling you've never built your own PC before, Gurge. If I'm wrong, then sorry - if not, then here's a suggestion. Take a few hours before you build your PC and look at some of the guides that are posted here on Tom's, and on other sites like NewEgg.
There are countless guides around the internet. Just do a little bit of reading and everything will become a lot clearer. Plus, you'll probably want to know this stuff even if you were to buy a prebuilt system from someone other than Dell or HP.