Trying to decide on the right build for a gaming machine I'm putting together for a friend. The build so far:
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-768XP-UD3 $179.00 - I've chosen this as it looks like a decent board with support for crossfire (and had a few nice reviews), but motherboards aren't my forte. Is there a cheaper board here that would do the job? CPU: Intel i5-2500 $215.00 - Unsure if paying an extra $10 for the 'K' version is worth it if I don't plan to fork out an extra $60 for a cooler as well. I don't plan to overclock it if there's going to be no noticeable change in gaming performance. GPU: Gigabyte 6950 1G $250 ea. - Already purchased 2 of them while they had them in stock. RAM: Geil 8GB DDR3 c9 1600MHz $49.00 - On special, My understanding is going past 1600MHz on an i5 is throwing money to the wind and that lower latency's will only increase performance by 1 or 2 percent while playing games like BF3. PSU: Antec Truepower 750W $135.00 To go much higher would be to nearly double the price. HDD: Sillicon Power 120GB SSD $185.00 - Will reformat his old WD Green for storage of media and rarely used programs. CASE: Antec Three Hundred $64.00 - I've used this for 2 builds now and love it for it's value. DVD: Samsung 22x SATA BLACK OEM $26.00 - *shurg* will only be used for installations.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week Budget Range: $1000-1500 AUD System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3), Surfing, Watching movies Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hardrive (500GB WD Green from previous build) Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ple.com.au - I get a small discount from here and they deliver to me for free. *NOTE* Prices are Australian Country: Australia, Perth Parts Preferences: NA Overclocking: Maybe - Planning to use stock cooler and believe an i5 will be more than enough for the games to be played. SLI or Crossfire: Yes Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080
If there's any tweaks you can see besides the MoBo I'd love to here what you have in mind.