Hey, I’ve often lurked around this forum when it came to buying new hardware. But I tried fathoming this all out by myself and was getting nowhere. I’m looking for an budget-efficient rig with decent upgrade options in the future. Making use of my old GPU is a possibility, and the games I’ll be playing seem primarily cpu-intensive (for now). This will be my first full build.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next three weeks!
Budget Range: Under £450.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, medium-high settings on current titles, a bit of programming, office software.
Are you buying a monitor: No thanks, got a 22in i’m happy with
Parts to Upgrade: I have a 8800gt 512mb from my old desktop. I would’ve been happy using this for a while longer. My processor (an E6850 core 2 duo) was a bottleneck I think. I also have a mid-sized case that's still perfectly functional.
Do you need to buy OS: No, (Found a good student deal)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Pretty much any. But I’d like to stay away from second hand.
Location: Southampton, UK.
Parts Preferences: Heard an awful lot of good stuff about the new intel i5 3570k here and elsewhere
Overclocking: Almost definitely not, I’m too inexperienced with it to risk new hardware like that. It’d have to be super-safe and within warranty.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. That 8800gt might come in useful for this later on? I don’t know much about this though and it seems quite advanced.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I’m not a fan of flashy cases. Something functional/understated will do
Guild Wars 2 is my biggest requirement at the moment, medium to high settings at this res will do. I‘ve got a dvd drive I can use.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 5-10fps in the GW2 betas at lowest settings made me (and my CPU) cry.