Following discussions across a couple of different forum posts (mainly here – http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/320341-13-easy-buil...) i have what i hope amounts to a pretty decent, all rounder, capable of replacing an aging PC and providing my wife with a relatively cheap, but pretty stable, capable and futureproof system that will provide many years of gaming joy (by games i mean largely MMO’s like LOTRO on medium (+) settings etc.)
Huge thanks to ‘AdrianPerry’ in particular for the build suggestions where i started btw – Not to mention all the superb help and support provided by the community here in general.
So, summarising the previous posts etc. - Originally had planned £200 for the system then £100 for the OS (so £100 total) - But found i can get OEM Windows for £75... So i spent a little more on components: Total build is £327 - which is £27 over budget but the extra covers a much better PSU than i need right now, and also gives 8Gb of RAM rather than 4Gb - So hopefully it future-proofs it a bit more...
Looks pretty good to me, considering your budget. The GPU is a bit weak but you say it's Free, so I can't fault that. Power supply should be good for future upgrades but I've seen some 'less than pleasing' reviews on this unit. See Newegg.com for reviews from customers.
You will probably get some responses that your CPU and/or MoBo aren't the latest and greatest, but you have a budget, right?
Hey there - Yeah pretty much; originally all this is a result of some lengthy discussion here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/320341-13-easy-buil... but thought i would post a regular 'what do you think' post to get some other opinions/sense check some decisions without people having to wade through my (painfully slow) learning process lol
Re: CPU - Yeah - i was actually looking at spending an extra few ££ to get the Triple core version of the CPU, figuring it would again save me money in the long run. And yeah; the plan is to get something now for a total cost of less than £350 - that is as powerful/stable/future-proof as it can be (for the limited budget) - and then, in a month or two, get a nice big fat shiny GPU to plug in to again, hopefully give a very nice improvement (but yeah, for now the GPU is in an old machine and is coping fine, so i figure i can save some money on that right now and get that extra bit of RAM/extra PSU now, then upgrade the GPU later on)
The best motherboard perfomance / dollar wise.. Socket AM3+, high quality components (all solid capacitors), USB 3.0 and Core Unlocker so there's a good chance to turn your 3 core CPU into a 4 core one. The only bad thing is that it doesn't support SATA 6.0 GB/s. Unless you get a SATA 6GB/s SSD you won't feel any difference in perfomance though!
LOL didn't notice that Thought it was the 430 watt version
Heh - You had me wondering there - i was checking the stats on both trying to figure out how the cheaper 500W one was more powerful than the 600W one lol
Looks like a pretty decent build though - really does; very much persuaded by the triple core (with potential for quad) AMD CPU, and that motehrboard looks great too - Only slight concern is that case - My Gods that's ugly lol
So... Now to do some maths and see if i can take the case and RAM from *my* build, and the rest from yours... And see if i can get the lot to under £350