Notably absent are a case, mouse, monitor, and keyboard; but how does this core setup look? Any recommendations or tweaks? I'm planning to overclock as well; so that's a factor in choosing these pieces.
Explanation: This is a moderate gaming build. The FX-4100 is an overclockable 4 core AMD CPU. The graphics card from AMD is on par with the 560 (non ti). The motherboard I chose is Crossfire capable (meaning you can add another 6870 later for double the graphics power). A power supple (500W) from Cooler master, it should be enough for crossfire. The Case is a NZXT case, I have that case, and it is amazing. Pure amazing. The HDD is A GREAT DEAL, GET IT NOW OR LOSE YOUR CHANCE, I knew a guy who was going to buy a simliar HDD from bestbuy, decided best to buy in the morning, and it was gone. the RAM is 4 GB from a trustworthy company (G.Skill). If this is too expensive, then you can go with this motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 AM3+ $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nice HDD deal! I actually have a 1TB sitting around I can pop in there; for the most part I'd just need to install a game or two - hence the smaller solid state driver. I'm looking through the other pieces now.
Out of curiosity, why do you prefer the 6870 over the 560? Anything I should be aware of between the brands (I've been out of the desktop GPU game for a while)?
Also, the graphics cards:
I have this little rule when I help people out on builds:
If the build is less than 700-800 dollars, I use AMD in the builds, since it is cheaper.
The 6870 is around $150, while the gtx 560 is around $170. The $20 saved can get yuo the DVD-ROM, and the performance is negligible
Thanks for the input! And that CPU looks great from everything I've read about it - looks like a good place to drop a few extra $$$.
A couple things I'm curious about:
1) Should I upgrade the RAM from 4 gigs to 8 gigs? What I've read seems inconclusive; and since this isn't exactly top-of-the-line hardware most benchmarking I've seen seems irrelevant.
2) Is the power supply enough? I was expecting it to need something > 750w, but great if it doesn't
3) Should I go with the EXTREME4 mobo posted by outlander for the crossfire options in the future? I can picture that being one of the first upgrades in a year or two; seems worth dropping an extra $30 now if it will future-proof me. Then again, if the mobo will need an upgrade by then anyway, that's $30 to save
1. 8GB of RAM is always better than 4, If I had extra money, I would put it to more RAM, because it'll allow for more processes open
2. It is recommended that you have at least a 600W PSU for Crossfire, but 500W is enough for 1 card.
3. You should go with the board with the ability to upgrade
Total: $571 (not including the monitor). Not shabby!
Absent is a disc drive. I don't need a burner - my laptop has one - and now that I think about it, I think I've used my disc drive in the laptop once in the past two years. Will I need this right away to install drivers and such when I'm setting up the system, or can I just rely on downloads? Rather than buy a separate blu-ray player for my TV (which I need), I'm thinking it may make more sense to put a blu-ray drive in this computer instead. Thoughts?
My biggest concerns/questions for any knowledgeable folks out there are:
1) Compatibility. As far as I can tell (which might not be very far), everything should play together nicely. Is this so?
2) MoBo. The more I read, the more lost I get as to which MoBo to choose. I'd like to have the option to crossfire someday in the future, but besides that - I have no idea, and prices are anywhere from > $50. Does this look like the best fit for this system?
3) I picked the 1600 RAM, as the MoBo looks like supports RAM OC'd to 1600. I've never actually overclocked anything though, so is this a safe assumption? Or should I grab RAM at 1333?
4) Does it make sense to drop more cash upfront for a more powerful PSU, so I don't have to upgrade that in a year or so if I add another card?
5) Do I need to invest in another cooling system? If I'm overclocking? I might be a bit paranoid about heat after having two laptops literally have plastic melt off the side.
6) Is there anything in here that's probably an un-utilized waste of money and could be downgraded? Less $$$ is better
7) Similarly, is there anywhere I could throw in another $50 or so and get significant improvements? I tried to get my head around what new hardware is coming out in the near future, and don't know if it's worth getting a few cheaper throwaway items now and upgrading in a couple months, or investing the cash upfront and saving some trouble.
1. If you have windows 7 or an OS on a disk, you'll need an optical drive, otherwise you can go without one (unless you have games that are on a disk)
2.The system looks compatible
3. you better get 1333Mhz RAM, otherwise the motherboard might not accept it
4. You probably want a more powerful PSU if you are going to Crossfire (650W would be plenty), go with a company that is reliable such as Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, or Thermaltake
5. If you are wishing to overclock then you definitely need an aftermarket Heatsink and Fan, one around $25 is the CM Hyper 212+: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
which i read will fit the case perfectly
6. The motherboard is great, you can 3 way CxF it if you need, which I doubt
7. The SSD? You can go with this 320GB HDD from Bestbuy, then upgrade a SSD later if you wish http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+320GB+Int...
8. I would recommend 2 upgrades, the first and foremost is getting a bigger case, I have the NZXT Gamma and it's a great case, but kinda small if you're going to Crossfire. You can go with this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the second upgrade is maybe getting a better gfx card? use that $50 to upgrade to a Radeon 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...