Hi there people of Tom's Hardware,im a new poster and have something i would like help with,i am currently planning a new build for early next year as an upgrade to my current (all be it almost useless) rig from 2008....it will be the first time i will have started from scratch on something like this as iv always bought pre built rigs....here are my guide line spec choices up to now (plenty room for change depending on the input i get from forums/friends etc.) .
GFX: Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 1.5V Non-ECC Unbuffered
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular PSU...or Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular PSU - Single 12V Rail with 50A
Case and cooling : Casecom Shiny Black Mid Tower Case with Front 120mm Red LED Fan with 1x Xilence Red Wing 80mm Quiet Fan - 3&4pin connection rear.
As for the DVD drive and HDD i already have those parts that can be re used,please note that this is a budget gaming rig and parts listed at the moment will cost £500,and unfortunately not able to go much over this budget.....bloody wife and kids stopping me having what i want hehe.
What i am looking for realy is just advice on how good the parts are for the price and if they would work well together without "bottlenecking" which im assuming is 1 part overshooting another and gimping it....or just not working all together.
Any and all input (unless your calling me an idiot) would be a great help, thankyou for your time in reading this hum drum post
Only possible spanner in the works is mobo support for the FX.
This is like my current build but I don't have the CPU yet.
According to the website the mobo supports the FX at a different BIOS version. So, it won't work without bios update, which you will need an AM3 processor to do. If the supplier can confirm bios version as 0705 you're good to go. http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97_PRO/...
Here's my suggestion. Come back about 1-2 weeks from when you plan on buying. There is a LOT of turnover in the tech world, and everything will have changed by then. Ivy Bridge and the AMD 7000 series will probably be out which will change recommendations drastically. I would wait.
okidoki,well the above parts were only a guideline and i was aware that there would be bigger and better by the time i buy,im just starting my research early into quality/compatability issues etc as this will be the first thing like this i will have done and have little to no knowledge of things so early research is needed...anyhoo thanks for your help
Well first of all, here's a few general tips.
-Intel is usually a leader in performance when it comes to CPUs. However that performance comes at a cost. AMD makes a killing in the budget sector.
-For GPUs, there isn't a ton of difference between the two companies (In cost, drivers, support, anything) they simply offer different hardware for different scenarios. They are pretty much even in gaming.
-PSUs. Don't skimp, ever. Spend the money and get a quality, brand name PSU. I won't go over all the available options, we can do that once you get an idea of what you're buying.
-Case. Pretty forgiving. Pick one that will accommodate your video cards/cpu cooler/mobo.
-Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI and Asus are the big 4 mobo makers. Stick with them. Look at reviews and choose which has the best featureset for your pricerange.
That's a little shortlist of tips! Feel free to PM me if you want to know more.