Approximate Purchase Date: Within a Month, but no particular rush.
Budget Range: £400-500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking, Gaming (CIV,
FM, MW - although primarily strategy games rather than graphic intense
Are you buying a monitor: No, I have a 22" monitor already, although
possibly buying a second monitor for dual-screen.
Parts to Upgrade: None
Do you need to buy OS: No, but will be Windows 7.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Novatech/Dabs
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Probably not.
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Additional Comments: This will be my first build from scratch.
I have updated elements of past PCs so have a basic understanding of
everything that goes into my PC and what goes where. The PC is not
aimed at being some kind of gaming beast (if you hadn't already
guessed by the pricetag). I've started doing some preliminary research
into the build, but I've come to a couple of stumbling points where
threads posted by others dont quite offer the appropriate info that I
need. I could stretch the budget to £500, but anything under that
would be a bonus.
And most importantly, why are you upgrading: Essentially I am
upgrading for the understanding and enjoyment factor of simply doing
it all myself. Whilst I wouldn't claim to be any kind of profound
technological geek. I like to think I have a decent enough
understanding to build a PC myself. The experience should be good, and
it will give me a better understanding of the whole system. It should
also allow me to be able to upgrade components easier in the future.
And all round enjoyment of actually planning and building a PC.
Here is a list of components that I have been looking at so far. I'm
pretty much set on an intel processor, SSD, 8gb of RAM, and an AMD
graphics card. Full details below:
Up until today I was really only considering the i3 (priced at £89).
So my first question would be whether the i5 is really worth the extra
£53 price tag?
The main GPU I have been looking at is the Radeon 6770. I would like
to keep the price of the GPU under £100 and so far this looks like one
of the best “bang for your buck” GPU’s out there in this price range.
I have looked at the 7770, but is it really worth the extra ££’s?