I am at a bit of a conundrum I game allot and so am thinking of making a new build but I don't know if the benefit would be worth the price?
I have an relatively new PC that was built to a small budget; hence the three core Athlon II CPU.
The hard drives rattle which doesn't worry me as I make regular backups and there is not much of value on the PC anyway. It is annoying though. I am thinking of getting a couple of those OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD's and raid 0'ing them. Or perhaps just the one... I'm sure that one would be a big benefit, but not if 2 will be any better than one.
The GPU I have at the moment isn't all that powerful but does run my games (Skyrim on max settings but not with the best FPS). I enjoy a variety of games, but mainly FPS (BF3) and MMO's (Guild Wars).
I would like to be able to play Guild Wars 2 on Max settings with a decent FPS, when the game comes out and would like something that is relatively future-proof (well not "proof" but resistant).
The motherboard does it's job. It doesn't have much expansion for extra GPU's though and I am thinking that would be the way to go for future upgrades. (correct me if I am wrong please )
My ram is 1600MHZ 2x2GB so maybe its worth getting some more of the same? Or bin it and get 4x4GB?
Ok, I think that's everything? No wait, CASE! I absolutely hate my case >.< It lets the hard drives rattle and the front headphone port sounds like a Darlek... If there are any suggestions on a sophisticated and sound proofed case I would really appreciate it.
Right so, finally here is my current system:
GPU: Asus AMD Radeon HD 6670 1024MB GDDR3 (800MHz Core, 1800MHz GDDR3, 480 Stream Processors, DVI, HDMI, VGA, PCIe 2.0)
MoBo: (Closest I could find) Asus M5A88-M AMD 880G (Socket AM3+) Motherboard
(AM3+ CPU, mATX, DDR3 (16GB max), 2 x USB 3, 12 x USB 2, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s, RAID, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x VGA, SPDIF, 7.1 HD Audio)
RAM: 1600MHZ 2x2GB
PSU: 500W (Prefer not to change this, can do if necessary)
HDD: 2x Samsung Spin Point EcoGreen F3 SATAII NCQ 500GB 32MB Cache Hard Drive <9.0ms 5400rpm - OEM
OK so... One last thing. I would like to Overclock my system, be it current or new.
Powerful at gaming
My Budget - £1000 ($1600)
I would really appreciate any builds but more usefull is perhaps good sound advice on what parts will make more of a difference. Where should I spend the money to get the best results?
Or should I scrap the idea of a new build and either make do with what I have and be happy with it or upgrade some bits?