Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 (Might want to upgrade monitor down the track to 1920x1080)
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 at $159 CPU:Intel i5-2500k at $249 GPU:ATI Sapphire HD7700 1GB at $199 RAM:Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB Kit at $99 HDD:WD 10EARX 5400 rpm 64 mb cache 1TB at $119 Case & PSU:Coolermaster Gladiator w/500 watt PSU at $139 DVD:Samsung 24x Dual Layer at $35 OS:Windows 7 Home at $139
Total cost $1138
Just a few questions.
1. I wish to play Diablo 3 at maximum graphic settings in 1440x900 resolution but also want the ability to play at 1900x1080 if I upgrade my monitor down the track, will this system be able to play it and still achieve high and smooth fps/performance? Same goes for World of Warcraft in 25 man raids and other demanding environments.
2. Is a 500 watt PSU enough? If not what wattage would I need?
3. Does the HDD mb cache and rpm make considerable difference to performance?
4. How would this system hold up on more demanding games?
Please critique and give feedback/suggestions I would appreciate any help in this matter.
Answering your questions (at least the ones I can):
1) This system should be able to easily play about anything at 1440x900.
2) I don't think so. There're a few wattage calculators on the internet, but I would say that especially because you're overclocking, a 650W-ish would be good. If possible, try for Corsair.
3) Yes... well.. I don't know about the cache. But the rpm makes anything on it load faster. Generally, people who can't afford an SSD will take a 7200rpm instead. It's not close to the SSD, but it's better than the average hard drive.
4) So far, nicely. Especially at 1440x900. By this time, I think you understand that 1440x900 is a VERY low resolution for today's games, so most will run easily on that resolution.
Now, on to my suggestions. I kept trying to figure out where you were spending all that money, and I finally got it. Your mobo and CPU, as well as your RAM. You are really overpaying for your RAM. You could save at least $60 on your RAM. I don't know about the prices in your retailer (the selection for mobos was not very good), but try to get RAM for $50 max. That's maximum. MAXIMUM. 8GB for $99 is insane. Now, your motherboard is fairly overpriced, but I think you're stuck because the retailer doesn't have a selection of motherboards. Gigabyte is a good company, so you won't be disappointed... it's just expensive. On to your GPU. Honestly, I had never heard of the HD7700, but I guess it's one of those "filler" cards in between big releases. Again, I couldn't find anything better on your online retailer.
Sorry I couldn't help you much, but your retailer has almost no selection! Maybe some Aussies on this forum can help you.
Adding onto what ddan said, definitely go for a 7200 RPM drive, I'm not really sure of the cache either, but RPM>Cache in this case for sure...
I'm not too sure about the GPU you listed, maybe you meant 7770? Seems to be around that price point. But if you can manage to find a reasonably priced 7850, opt for that. You'll get better performance in the long run, and they overclock like a champ the perfect GPU for 1920x1080 from my eyes.
And again, I agree with ddan, overpaying A LOT for your ram...if you can save a bit on the ram, get a better GPU.
The power supply will probably be sufficient, thought I would personally feel more at ease if it were around 650w.
Hey guys thanks again for all the feedback, it's been very helpful. I have been able to find a better shop that have lower prices and a wider range of products. As a result I have come up with a new list.
HDD: WD5000AAKX Western Digital 500GB HDD 3.5" CVIAR BLUE, 7200RPM , SATA3 $77.00
Case: Antec Three Hundred 6x3.5/3x5.25, 1x120mm/1x140mm $59.00
PSU: 600W "Corsair" CX-600v2 ATX Power Supply,80 PLUS, 120mm fan, 2x PCI-E, 6x SATA $90.00
DVD : Samsung DVD RW Dual Layer SATA $19.00
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $95.00
TOTAL COST: $914
The only thing I'm not sure about is the video card, I'm not sure if I want to go with the 6870 or pay alittle extra and get the GTX 560ti. I've heard and read mixed reviews on this comparison. I may also want to add an extra one of these cards down the track for SLI or crossfire.
Once again sorry to be a pest, I would appreciate any critiquing and feedback. I'm willing to pay alittle extra if there is any particular pieces of hardware that anyone thinks would be exceptional but I am only buying from the shop listed above.
It looks fine, except the PSU is a little pricey. Also, for about the same price, you could get a Corsair case (instead of the Antec), which would be easier to build in and overall pretty nice quality. Maybe... 200R? Everything else seems nice. I really don't know about price/availability in Australia, though.
The pccasegear site looks better, no offense. The allneeds.com has NO competition (I think I mentioned this) in suppliers, so it charges WAY more. Also, I know some people buy from the Australian newegg... would that work for you?