New to the forums and seeking advice! I built my last pc about 3 years ago now, Q6600, 8800gt (yes I am still using it that), 4gb DDR2 ram.
I had some help at the time putting it all together, ordering the parts as well as constructing it, but this time I have just relied on my common sense and basic knowledge.
So here is my first build, what do you think? I am in two minds really. I could just get a 560ti and stretch the life on my current pc until Ivy Bridge based processors come out next year, or go for a budget upgrade of say around £600 to something that should just about be able to run BF3 on high settings.
At the moment the build below comes to just over £1000 (including VAT tax). I am willing to spend that much, but no more, and preferably a lot less if i can get away with it.
I said to my self about a year ago that I would upgrade before BF3 hits, and whilst I would like to lower the cost, I definitely want to be able to run this game on max with a good fps.
Any changes? Recommendations? Flaws? (As I said I am not the most technical of people).
750W Corsair HX Series, Modular, 80 PLUS Silver, 90% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, 7 Year Warranty £92.75 £111.30
Coolermaster Elite 430, Black, Mid Tower Case with Side Window 120mm Front LED Blue Fan, w/o PSU £29.49 £35.39
Posting on my mobile now so i apologise for typos and poor punctuation. Thanks for the advice, and yes i was planning on using the ssd as a boot drive, I will be transferring my current pcs hdds in as well. in regards to the motherboard i just picked one that looked compatible and wasnt too cheap... is there anything i should be looking out for?
With cooling and case size / form, what are some things to take note of, again i just sort of threw that on.
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 ( CrossFireX: x8, x8 mode; SLI: x8, x8 mode; single card: x16 mode )
EDIT: CPU Cooler - yes size can be an issue. Firstly when selecting a cooler make sure its compatible with your motherboard (Socket 1155). Then secondly, make sure your case is wide enough to fit the height of the CPU cooler. Thirdly, depending on how many RAM sticks your using, make sure the CPU cooler wont block the RAM slots (since your using 2 sticks of RAM you can use slots 2 and 4 anyway so this shouldnt cause any issues - it may slightly overhang the first slot).
Well if you want a case with nice airflow. Antec 300 is like £50 and then add one or two 120mm antec fans to it for about £8 each and you have a nicely ventilated case.
It comes with 2 fans one up top and one in the back and there are 2 slots for fans up front.