Hello, I am going to build a gaming pc on a budget. My journey started about 2 weeks ago when my laptop fell out of my bag on my way to a lecture and smashed ito thousands of pieces. After sccoping up the remains and binning them (luckily all my work was on a flash drive!) I then began to consider what I was going to do about a new machine.
The main purpose of course, is gaming. The main games I a interestedin are Empire and Napoleon Total war (and future total war titles) and the rcent Guild Wars 2.
I've copied the guildlines to this sort of thread below:
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month
Budget Range: between £500-£600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, interent research, uni work.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes but thats not included in the budget.
Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
Do you need to buy OS: Yes. So far I think Windows 7 is my only option due to the games?? I don't know if for example Linux can play games?)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cheapest?
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: I don't know?
Overclocking: If it's possible?
SLI or Crossfire: Neverheard o it?
Your Monitor Resolution: Whatever is best to play the games in high setting?
Additional Comments:be nice for it to be quiet? not to bothered as its staying in my living room.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: old laptop smased....i want a desktop now to play games mainly.
List of pats I have selected so far (this is what I need help with...will thy work wll together? Are they compatible? Will they lay guild wars in highest setting?
is there a reason you need a 2600k and not a 2500k? due to the 2500k costing less, but getting around the same fps as the 2600k. you could get the 2500k and upgrade to 8 gigs of ram, or maybe a better video card. and for the game you are playing you do not need a sound card on board audio should be good.
That is much cheaper but will the i5 processor be okay for empire total war? I know the recommended specs say 2.4Ghz but to a newbie like me, that could mean any old processor with a clock speed of 2.4Ghz.
Thats why I aimed for the most recent intel proessor (the i7) that was within budget but if you say that the i5 would do the job then that would be splendid :-)
Don't mix a 'K' CPU with an H61 board...the motherboard won't support overclocking, which is the purpose of the 'K' CPUs. My system specs are in my sig and I've been playing Empire: TW recently on max settings at 1080p, and it's flawless. I would imagine an i3 would perform similarily...the GPU helps with the heavy-lifting, so that's where you want to focus your build.
For a gaming system, a quad-core i5 would be ideal but your budget doesn't allow it...however, you could pop an i5 in at a later date. I'd also prefer 8GB of RAM, but 4GB is fine. You may not need an optical drive if your games are based from Steam etc, and you can load your OS on a flash drive.
But the cases you guys have suggested so far.....why are they so expensive?
The original case I put in my list cost £14.50
More expensive cases come with better interiors, cable-management, airflow etc. They will also be made to a better finish and probably be a lot quieter than a cheaper case. Apart from that, it's entirely on preference. You want to make sure that you have good airflow, but it's not that important...you could definitely knock a few quid off the overall price if you went for a low-end case.