It's been 5 or 6 years since I got myself a new pc. Now looking to buy or build a new pc that won't give me as many problems as my last pc did. My current pc which I have taken apart has a Q6000, 8800GTX, Asus P5E, 520w Corsair PS and 2GB of RAM with an Antec 300 case. I originally spent over $2,000 on that build, over the years it has slowed and the performance is anywhere but consistent. I'm over this and I need a reliable pc.
I have read lots of threads in this forum to try and get an understanding of how to build something that will work.
Willing to spend up to $1000 but happy to throw in maybe $200 more to make the computer faster and consistent etc
I need my new pc to be reliable and work efficient (no crashing or slowing when multi tasking or lots of programs running, need to be able to study and research for university without bad pc performance) I couldn't be more serious about having a fast running system that wont slow or crash.
Video and sound (I used to be in regular competitive gaming so I understand the need for stable video performance, high frame rate. I am over having FPS spikes and getting horrible frame rate lag. I need reliable sound to hear enemy noises, footsteps and user actions etc in game)
Hopefully with all that in mind some of you have a few ideas for a stable and reliable build that you also would be happy buying if you were in my position. If you have read this far, thank you.
Any questions just ask.
right now the i5 3570 3570k is the best cpu for the money. if you need more power look into an i7 cpu. with ram of the system to keep it stable pick up a good set of 1600 ram. the biggest thing you can do with new motherboard with digital vrms is buying a good power supply and make sure it 100w larger then the power supply vendor say you need. most of the gamer issue here on tom are from rigs that when stressed will shut down or screen will blank out or bsod. good clean power under stress needs a good brand power supply and have it sized rights. ssd stay with name brand units..most of them will have gotten out there firmware bugs out. also want to spend some money on good case fans and or a fan controller. most good case fans if you can keep them under 1000 rpm you never hear them.
In my country those parts are more expensive at different stores.
I am all for more power but really don't want to spend more than $1000, only extra if I really need to.
I'm happy to go with the i5 over the i7 and I don't plan on having more than 1 graphics card.
Not keen on the water cooling because I don't know anything about it.
Is there an alternative to water cooling or is that the best way to go? I wan't to keep it as simple as possible.
smorizio based on what you suggested I looked at some stores and found these local to me. (Want to pick them up to save shipping costs etc)
the antec 300 is fine to reuse..just make sure your video cards are less then 279mm 11 inches in length .11"/279mm
you lose one of the hard drive slots.the sound card right now is not needed the onboard sound chipset will work fine unless your into audio editing. the r200 is a better case for 10.00 more. http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/48364-cc200r if you want to buy a new case.
for cpu cooling this will work fine. http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/45673-rr-212e-20pk-...
the 7870 and 7970 here in the us has best value for the cost. the 660/660ti and 670 for nvidia are the best value.