a few days ago I decided I wanted to build myself a mighty gaming PC, I am only a student so my budget is pretty tight and is about £460-£560 (and if your wondering why 60 it is because I have a £60 gift voucher to amazon so really my budget is £400-£500 and also the £60 voucher). I have managed to stay within that limit but need your help guys to see if I can improve anything with it. My build is as follows:
and the case will be about £25, haven't found a good one yet, any suggestions
I will be OCing the 2500k to the maximum stable speed i can get (or trying to anyway as i have never done any overclocking before). I may decide to do some crossfire later on (how much more would this improve performance, is it worth buying the second graphics card?) when I save up a bit more money and also possibly get a small SSD hard drive and maybe a blu-ray drive.
So what do you guys think, any changes, or improvements you might have would be highly appreciated .
I really do not know about systems in that range so I cant help you there. But by the looks of it it looks alright. Dont forget you need an operating system, unless you have one already.
Also, learn a bit more about overclocking before you try to overclock to max stable speed. You might mess up, and it could cost you a lot for your mistake.
After looking at your recommendations, which are great by the way, they both are over budget, and to be honest with you I need to stay under budget as basically I have £700, and however much is left over after building this pc, is going to be used for a netbook for uni. I had my eye on the toshiba NB550D but that is about £270, so if there is any way I can decrease the price of this build I would be truly grateful.
Other smaller savings, which might add up:
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £43 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804
SATA 6Gbps isn't a big deal for mechanical harddrives, as they barely saturate the original SATA spec.
Alternatively get a 500GB drive.
Thank you very much for those tips, I just did some more research on sata3/sata2 comparison and your right not going to get much improvement from a sata3, so will stick to sata2. As for the motherboard, would it make any difference if I chose the cheaper asrock that you mentioned, to the one I already had?
I was also wondering, most people that I saw having a similar build to mine used 8GB of ram, so i assumed any less ram may bottleneck the system. So would using 4gb now over 8gb really make a difference or is it just because most people are future proofing themselves.
I'm not really sure why so many people go for 8GB of RAM, some people definitely need it because the work/programs they use with their computers need as much RAM as possible. The other reason why people get 8GB nowadays is that it is really cheap these days.
I looked through their respective product pages and most of the differences that I could see between them favoured the Asrock. The only reasons not to buy the Asrock board that I could see is that it doesn't have any PCI slots, which is a dying slot type anyway. And the SATA ports aren't side mounted.
The Biostar range of boards is interesting, I recently did a private build on a biostar TZ68A+ and what it lacks in pretty it sure makes up in performance. I think it is like an old Shelby 500 GT, it may not look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it nevertheless puts out, the only way ASROCK and BIOSTAR can break the status quo is if people open up to them as a genuine competing product. Not fancy, but efficient.
I noticed that in a previous response you said you might crossfire later on , if that is the case then you might want to look at what ever money you have extra and get the highest power supply you can afford. Two video cards can suck up the extra wattage quickly and if you do get the second you don't want to have to upgrade your power supply at the same time .
no I finally decided to spend a bit more money as it would be more worth it in the long run, so im getting a 6950 frozr III (when they are back in stock) dnt think I will need to crossfire anytime soon for gaming as that gpu (especially when I overclock) will be able to handle anything i throw at it now. I also canceled getting an SSD for this GPU so i will also be getting 8GB ram and 1TB hard drive should cost me about £660 and hopefully very powerful.