Right this is my first build and looking for some advice. I will use the pc for playing recent games on hopefully reasonably high settings, the pc will also be used to edit photos and videos, watch HD films and general use, i tend to do a LOT of multi tasking and use dual monitors.
before anyone mentions it i CANNOT afford an i5 2500k system as am pushing my finances with this idea.
As you can see the mobo/CPU/ram is well under £300 as would be a i5-2500k. However, the 2400 will be fine for what you are doing, and is only 10% slower at stock speed than the 2500k. Of course if you want to overclock, then the 2500k is the choice.
The Intel rig will allow for a better upgrade path should you decide you need it.
The vid card is fine. Hopefully your PSU is at least in the 500w range and preferably at least 80 Plus Certified. If you wind up needing a new PSU, the Novatech Powerstations are pretty good.
Hi cheers for the advice, suppose im going to have to buckle down and go intel even though i like the look of the FX range
well with what you just suggested ill have about £50 left would you recommend spending that on a better gpu or upgrading the motherboard so its more OCable and will cope better when it comes to ivybridge ?
Even th low end ASUS or Gigabyte boards will overclock easily. The reason to upgrade the mobo would be if you planned on doing dual vid cards later. That one has 1 PCIe slot at x16 and the other at x4. For Dual cards you want one that will run dual cards at x8 each. Something like this. I missed it earlier. Actually a better deal. http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-z68x-ud3p-s1155-i...
The next vid card up the chain is the GTX 570 which is quite a jump in price, but also a very good card. You would also need a 550w PSU for a single 570, and a 750w for eventual dual 570s.
If you look at the reviews on Newegg for the I5 2500k You'll see what i mean.. This processor KICKS ANYTHING around it at this price range.. If you plan on overclocking, some i hear have reached 4.9ghz but will be able to pull 4.0ghz No problem.. Just my advise
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard