I am building a pc for the first time and would appreciate some advice on my chosen components:
1. I think all the components are compatible but it would be good to have confirmation of this.
2. Would this build be sufficiently powerful to run computer intensive games, such as Skyrim, Dishonored and other such games with demanding requirements, on max or high settings-and if not which components require upgrading.
3. I am trying to keep the cost as low as possible so any advice on ways to lower the cost would help.
4. Are there any components that would be required in a gaming pc setup that I have missed out.
5. How many of each type of cable would I need to purchase.
I think it currently stands at about £500 including P&P and I would prefer not to go above £500 if possible, however I want it to be able to play demanding games on relatively high settings with decent FPS so I'm basically trying to get it as cheap as possible.
I've dropped to i3. That actually makes very little difference, for most gaming, and is only going from weak i5 to good i3. What that does is free up some funds for decent power supply and most importantly, much better graphics card. Here are the benchmarks to compare overall performance, between original GT640 and my HD7770. Not even on the same planet!<a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/612?vs=536 /a>
To be honest, whilst that case is actually better than the original, it's still not "brilliant". It would be good to spend a few extra pounds, on an even better case. A larger monitor would also give a better gaming experience.
Just a couple of questions. Would it be possible to buy extra Video Memory in the case of 1GB being insufficient without replacing the entire Video Card, and if I decided to spend the extra money would it be worth having the quad core i5 for games that supported quad core processors.
It's very much a question of what's best value, as well as what's best.
Yes, the 431Plus would be better, but, if going to that level, it's actually worth spending an extra £3 for the even better Antec 300Two.
You can't buy "extra" memory for GPU. The only manufacturer, that supplies a 2GB version of thay GPU in UK, as far as I'm aware is Asus @ £126. I'm not sure any benefit is worth that extra cost. I think if you were going to do that you would be much better with a 2GB HD7850 for £149. I don't think the 2GB Asus is best value, in fact I'm not sure 2GB, in a HD7770 will make much difference.
If you wanted to go i5, you could simply upgrade that, without changing anything else. The best value i5 is the 3470 @ £143. There are few games, at present that really use more than two cores, multi-player in BF3 is one. No doubt more will, in the future.
An alternative approach might be to use i3, but with a Z77 mobo, which would allow a future upgrade to an unlocked processor, with overclocking. It would also allow the potential for crossfire, if you wanted to go there. All depends somewhat on how flexible your budget can be. I endeavoured to get best bang for buck, with the budget.
That will play virtually all current games at, or close to highest settings. Obviously, if in the future, you wanted to upgrade to a larger 1080p monitor, you may then struggle a bit, without upgrading GPU, to match, but that's one for the future.