Hi, been a long time lurker and finally registered to post up my gaming rig specs. Thought I'd make this my intro. post lol. First computer build for me so any tips/comments/feedback would be nice. Just gotta say this forum provided me with tons of info
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT
PSU: Corsair GS600 600W
Mobo: Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
Graphics: Diamond ATI Radeon 1GB HD4870 (I know, a little outdated by today's standards...contemplating on crossfiring or getting a 6970)
Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition (planning to unlock/overclock but keeping it stock for now)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 Vengeance LP
OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Edition
Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB hybrid drive
I reused all the other bits like the optical drives & card readers from my old desktop. The total build costed me about $700.
It's a weak build for $700, you could of saved $200 if you bought a cheap case. I guess that's just personal preference though. Did you unlock the X2 yet? I wouldn't pay that much for an X2 it would suck if you couldn't unlock the rest of the cores. HD 4870 isn't outdated, there's no need to hop onto the DX11 bandwagon. It's been 2 years since 5xxx series release when I began reading the forums here on tomshardware and we're still seeing DX9 console ports around. I'd say that rigs with 4xxx series cards are gonna be OK for another year.
Yeah. You could have gotten a much better rig for that. Here is a computer I'm helping a guy build on here (TomsHardware) For $700, of course, this setup is for a guy that wanted to use his computer on the internet with a wireless network adapter, and stream hdtv to his computer. So, if you exclude that stuff, its only about $600. And also, if you exclude the soundcard, it's even less.
Yeah. I agree. I was just showing what he could have done with a similar budget. If you get the i5-2500k, with something such as a gtx 570/580, or 6970, you will never regret it, and won't need to upgrade until new hardware comes out.
Thanks for the feedback everybody! Well my build initially costed me about $350. I had the Antec 900 case, a Raidmax 620w PSU, planned to reuse a old hard drive, and reuse a Windows XP install disc. I later ended up upgrading everything and bought a new OS install disc (a cost I think some people forgot to factor in?). Either way. now that I look back it is a little pricey for what its worth so I'll keep that in mind and do more research the next time I start another build. As for now, I think I'll keep the 560 BE and upgrade to bulldozer when it comes out!