Approximate Purchase Date: (within the next month)
Budget Range: (£500-600)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (mostly for gaming)
Parts Not Required: (keyboard/mouse/display/speakers)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (ebuyer/ebay/amazon)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (best value/performance)
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: (1080p)
Additional Comments: Finding parts for a friend. I upgraded my computer a year ago and I need to learn what the best value/money options are today for a computer which will be used mostly for gaming.
Here are some ideas I have at this point:
Intel i5 2500K - offered great value/performance a year back, is it still the king for gaming builds?
GTX 560ti - good gaming performance for under £200. Please let me know if there might be better options now
Leaves with around 140 - 240 budget for... mobo/psu/hdd/memory
Mobo: not sure
PSU: not sure
case: functionality> aesthetics. Anything in the £10-40 range?
Memory: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz/1600MHz?
HDD: He just needs a decent sata drive. Has plenty of space so a 128GB SSD would be good if the budget allows for it.
Is this looking feasible or spilling over a bit? Open to a completely different build if necessary
Thanks. Good recommendations. I see it is around the top end of the budget. Should I also consider an AMD build? A Phenom ii x4 965/560ti combo and can run most games on high or maxed out. This computer will not be doing intensive multitasking multimedia work, only horsepower required will be for gaming really. But future proofing is also important imo. The i5 2500K CPU will work great with the 560ti and it would be nice if it works with the next GPU he buys too. Just a thought really, mostly because AMD mobo's are cheap and it might allow for more flexibility when selecting a GPU.
is the i5 3570k the successor to the 2500K? So that is probably the top option within that performance range for gaming... I think we'll stick with that one in this case.
the B75M-D3V is significantly cheaper, can I pair that up with the 3570K CPU? What are the main advantages over paying extra for something like the ASrock extreme4? I think at least 6 USB ports, good overclocking stability, full support for powerful GPU (and multi GPU) and up to ~4 SATA slots are the minimum things to expect. If the cheaper mobo can do all of this then I think it might be worth getting instead.
I'm not familiar with the ATI gpu range. If we say around £250 for GPU, can you recommend anything worth considering against the 560ti? (regarding price/performance). After looking around the 7850 at it's current price point is a better deal than the 560ti.
I think we are done. Any more suggestions? and we'll probably go with dabs because they have good prices and it's nice to get it all from one vendor.
June 22, 2012 3:54:57 PM
I think at least 6 USB ports, good overclocking stability, full support for powerful GPU (and multi GPU) and up to ~4 SATA slots are the minimum things to expect. If the cheaper mobo can do all of this then I think it might be worth getting instead.