It's been several years since I built my last system so its time for an upgrade.
I spent quite awhile researching what the best components are that I can get without my price going through the roof... I originally intended to only spend around $600 but I have ended with a total price of around $655 before shipping... I think I have a pretty decent build but since its been a few years
I thought I would get the advice of those of you who have been in the loop for the last few years.
I have no preferance on parts or shopping location as long as its reputable... I just need to know if there is any room for improvement on this build without the price going up... can't really afford to put anymore into it than this. I have not included a hard drive in this yet due to the current high prices on them but will pick one up so don't worry bout that part. I have a good mouse/keyboard/monitor so don't need those...
This will be used mostly as a gaming system...My current shopping list is :
Ookay. You really can't afford to go Intel on this build. Switch over to an X4 955, for starters.
You need a CPU heatsink, and you do not need a 3rd-party thermal compound. The sink will come with a decent one. The Hyper 212+ is fine; so are the cheap Xigmatek ones.
Sooo... you're saying that the intel I have on there is not going to work with my current build ?... ooorrr are you saying that it will not benefit me due to some other part I have bottlenecking it ? or just wondering.... I mean, I have the intel in my setup for a pretty decent price. Just help an old timer understand xD
the stock heatsink won't be good enough ? not planning on overclocking yet... if i do then I would pick up a new heatsink
There, edited. You'll have to OC this build. As you see, it's now got a pretty sweet GPU, and I think the 955 will have to go above stock to keep up. This is easy and safe. Just grab the sink, set 3.6 or 3.7 ghz and you'll be fine.
On second thought, you'll probably run more efficiently with a 600W PSU. Edited.