I'm after some advice about my new gaming build that I would like to complete before Christmas. I am from the UK and am open to buy from any well known supplier. Just want to make sure that everything will be compatible and that I am on the right track to building a decent gaming PC. Thanks in advance for any help.
So far I have bought the following: Links should work now.
For graphics I am most likely going to buy the card below. It is the cheapest 6870 that I could find. I am prepared to spend up to £150 if there are better alternatives perhaps a different make haven't really ever used powercolor more a saphire man??
For power I am hoping to get away with using my old PSU which is a Corsair HX520W modular power supply. It's a few years old but still going strong. Will this PSU be ok for the above build? Link below:
To keep the costs down I would also like to use my trusty Lian Li PC60 case although I do need to buy some new fans for it as the case is about 10 years old and they are making hell of a racket. I will buy a new case after xmas. Will this old case be ok fitting all the new gear in?? Link below:
Longpig just wanna keep the case for now to keep costs down before xmas I really would like to get a new one as its getting quite battered so just after some ideas to keep an eye out for in January sales
I7 is overkill. i5 2500k is gold standard for gaming at the moment. So that's a saving of £50+ to buy a case although decent cases will set you back more.
Corsair cases are good but expensive and I like Lian Li. But cases are so individual - most cases people buy I wouldn't have in the house.
For a gaming pc, spend more on the graphics card than on the cpu. In this case, a 2500K will game just as well as a 2600K and cost 1/3 less. Few games use more than 2 or 3 cores, so the extra hyperthreads will not be much used. If you overclock, (and that is why you are getting a "K"), then the 2500K will reach the same sane levels as the more expensive unit.
Use the funds saved to buy a better graphics card. Perhaps a 6850 or GTX570. Your psu should be able to handle either.
Go ahead and use the case. The cooling is not what you might want, but as an interim, it should be ok. If you really have a problem with cooling, just take the side cover off.
I would look for low profile ram. 1.5v ram does not need any fancy heat spreaders, which are mostly marketing. High heat spreaders can interfere with cpu coolers.
How many expansion slots do you need past the pci-e x16? My guess is none.
A Full ATX motherboard has 7, a micro-atx has 4. The reason I ask is that you can get m-atx motherboards for less, and the smaller m-atx form factor will fit in some very nice lian li cases like the V354.