I have built quite a few computers in the past, and have come here for feedback and everytime you guys have been amazing. So was wondering if you could have help me once again!
I have been assigned to build a computer for younger brother for christmas. Small budget of around £300 - He mainly uses it for gaming. I know £300 won't get him far but, worth a shot. The main games he'll normally be playing are basically WoW and maybe SWTOR.
Approximate Purchase Date: Before Christmas
Budget Range: around £300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming playing MMO's like World of Warcraft and the soon to be released SWTOR
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, (Maybe HDD, although isnt SATA from previous computer)
The PSU you are suggesting to use is completely worthless.
I don't think you need a regular ATX motherboard. A micro atx motherboard should do everything you need for much less cost. You can put that money towards a better PSU. If you absolutely must have a case+psu combo then make it an ANTEC case+psu. Pretty much anything is better than a cooler master PSU.
Also, a GTX 440 is not a real great way to spend that amount of money. There are a whole slew of cards you can get for the same amount or cheaper and they work much better. HD 4830, HD 6670, HD 5670, HD 6750, HD 4870, HD 4890...
They are all ATI cards, but I would really think twice about holding yourself back on this one. Even a 4x GTX 440s (yes, I do mean four of these cards) in SLI with a 1000w PSU wouldn't equal one 4890 in performance. You would even save money with the 4890.
AMD/ATI has the market cornered for budget parts with high bang for the buck. Intel and NVIDIA are just not in that market segment heavily. With a rock bottom budget your performance will suffer a lot if you rule out the king of this market segment.
Not sure about processor prices where you are at, but you could stand to move up to a Phenom 2 x4 840 (mislabeled Athalon 2 Propus) instead of the 640. They aren't very expensive, that is what I use and I am also extremely budget conscious.
Ah awesome, yeah from searching the ati cards I can defiantly see where you are coming from, thanks a lot for that information. definitely agree with the power, just from previous experience with ati cards made me want to stay away from them, but I guess it's the way forward with there price range.
Erhm I didn't definitely want to go for that case, it was just one that I saw cheap and I did think that cool master had an ok rep, but I personally have always gone for Antec, but I just know they are quite pricey and am on a small budget.
Also I tried searching for micro atx motherboard on the sites I use but can't seem to find any, could you reccomend a certain one that would be useful for this cheap build.
AM3+ motherboard with SEMI-FULL support for AMD FX CPUs (it can get all the current AMD AM3 CPUs). It lacks of SATA & USB III and RAM slots but for such price I personally can live with that Ah! And it can also turn your Athlon II X3 to X4
Awesome michxymi thanks very much for that shopping list <3 think i'll have to go with that.
Can this setup also be upgraded in future, or I guess it would just be worth scrapping the Mobo and replacing that.
Also is the triple core easy to update the the quadcore as you said ?
Many many thanks btw, gr8 help
As I said, this CPU supports all AM3 CPUs and SOME of the AM3+ CPUs....so yes you can upgrade later with either a re used Phenom II X4 955, X6 1090T....AMD FX CPUs aren't that good for gaming but you still have the option.
As for USB & SATA III. SATA III is only worth if you have a SSD. For normal HDDs it makes no difference. For USB III there are a lot of PCI-E 1X expansions with low price so If you ever need it you can buy one
Finally all you have to do to try to unlock the 4th Core is going to MSI BIOS and enable Core Unlock
some nice info there Raiddinn, but I guess it's a bet that pay's out if not doesnt matter, minimum specs for wow / swtor are quite low soo he should be fine. I played beta weekend with a pretty good rig, and ran flawlessly on high graphics so should be fine I guess.