I have done quite a bit of research into building my first PC setup and feel I have reached the best solution for me. However I am new to this and would like some advice towards the parts I have picked and any alternative parts I should consider. Currently the build is going to cost around £650, I originally set myself a strict budget of £600 but have had to consider stretching it up to £700; so I am not really willing to spend that much more unless it is a significant upgrade.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few days, at the very latest I would like the setup to be complete by the 26th September 2011.
Budget Range: £600 - £700.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Website building, 3D Modelling/Rendering, video editing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan.co.uk, Dabs.com. I am open to others though.
Country of Origin: England
Parts Preferences: Currently being swayed towards AMD because of the free game offered and cheaper than Intel.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 currently but would like to upgrade in the future
Additional Comments: I am being drawn towards having some kind of LED lighting, and the system being as quiet and cool as possible. I am willing to pay more for an interesting looking case.
I would like to know if everything is compatible? How well will it run? How long will it last for gaming before I need to consider an upgrade?
Other concerns are two of the products appear to be currently unavailable(Graphics card and motherboard), so are there any suggestions for a cheaper or same price alternative?
Also regarding the graphics card I am unsure on what is the best 6870 model, currently I have chosen a Sapphire one, but there are others available now for the same price from makers such as XFX, Asus and MSI.
Also I have been told by a friend that the onboard sound and network cards are good enough with this motherboard, although I may purchase them in the future. Also the heatsink that comes with the CPU is good enough so I don't need to buy a separate one for that, although he did say it would not hurt to buy one.
As mentioned earlier I would like the option of adding a second graphics card at some point and doing some overclocking.
That's about it, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You for your time.