Im in process of making an expensive decision ( for me anyway lol!).
The last system I built was with a Q6600, which went weel and is still working fine, but I have given it to my son as his finally gave up. I am now looking to build a new system for myself.
My budget for this is around £700 ($1000) , I have been looking at the I5 2500k processor a Z68 mobo (with tweaking capabilities), 16 gig quality ram, 6-700 watt modular psu a decent graphics card ATI6770 or Nvidia GTX550 maybe stretching to the 560? Running it with Win7 64bit.
The other option is the new AMD FX 8 core processor, and wonder how it compares in performance with the intel as both the motherboards and processor are cheaper.
Stability is a main concern, making sure the items I buy will all work together in harmony. I dont use the pc for video/photo , it is primarily for fun, gaming, internet etc, so I do like good FPS on modern games.
So if anyone has advice or has built a good solid gaming system lately using either of the above please post your specs and rough guide price.
This looks a nice build, unsure about Palit brand on the graphics card tho. Is there a benefit on having a SSD hard drive installed for Windows and if so how is this done? I realise that it will increase my budget but if there is a considerable benefit then I would consider a better motherboard perhaps with sata6 and a 64-128gb ssd card also?
Sorry i was whacking those builds out so fast i should elaborate. You dont really need 16GB RAM for your uses 8GB is plenty.
The AMD build with the better GPU will probably last you longer before upgrading. The CPU itself can be OC'd up to 4GHZ if you add an after market cooler (£25). You may also consider the Phenom II 960T there.
The Intel build is the sexy Z68 and 2500k option but to get that and stay reasonably in budget I had to pick a cheaper GPU by a lesser maker. It will still be a very good machine.
I would take the AMD on the strength of the GPU in that build. Everything you currently do will run great there and outside of benchmarks I doubt you would see a huge difference beyween those 2 builds.
1) SSD - Save for latter upgrade. Boot time and program load times are much faster. Most who have migrated to SSD - will never go back. That said - How often do you boot your system, and do program load times bug you. Game performance is NOT improved, Web brossing is not improved and applications after loading do NOT run faster.
All my systems have daul SSDs and no intention is going back to a slowww HDD for a OS + program drive.
First off I think you would be happy with either of WR631's choices.
My Choice is the Intel i5-2500k w/z68 MB (WR631 Quote on AMD CPU " The CPU itself can be OC'd up to 4GHZ" ) The I5-2500K OC to 4.2 is so simple a caveman can to it and 4.6 GHz is reached by most. So OCing is rather a mute point and on a clock-per-clock basis the i5 is better.
AMD CPU is cheaper - But performance wise not as good
MB - You get what you pay for. I find this a wash cost wize when comparing Quality and features. I find that Intel is much better at driver support for their chipsets than AMD.
Other components can be identical.