Hi i have had my Dell 560MT for about 3 years now and i finally want to build my own PC.
Can you tell me what would be worth changing to get the most cost effective pricing so that the build will last long, allow for overclocking and whether or not SLI/CrossFire is worth it? Thanks guys! This is my first build.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.
Budget Range: £500 (Can go a bit over)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any UK website, ive been using amazon.co.uk to get the prices for the build.
Country: United Kingdom
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - depends on what my budget can give me for the most effective price.
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900
Additional Comments: Not bothered about looks or anything - i want the best preformance for the money! WHAT PARTS I HAVE SELECTED ALREADY
Your motherboard's chipset does allow overclocking however your cpu does not. The cpu's multiplier is locked. If you want to overclock get a core i5 2500k. I'd also recommend getting a better case that allows cable management, cooler master 335 has very little cable management, although this is up to you.
Psu is fine if you plan to do have a crossfire setup in the future. If you are going to stick with one hd 6850 then get a 500 watt certified as person above said. As for the ram I strongly recommend staying with 8gb. I have 8gb of ram and I use about 2.5 gb when not gaming and up to 6 gb when gaming.
As for the case I'd recommend taking a look at this, it has great review score.
What games are you going to be playing? Because if you were to play very demanding games like bf3 or metro 2033, you would probably be best off getting a H61 MB, i5 2320, and a 6870 or 560ti (6950 1gb if you could afford it). This setup would NOT allow CPU overclocking but you should get better performance in GPU demanding games. It really does depend on what games you plan to play and what settings you are willing to play on.
If you don't overclock you would get even better price performance.
Did he type this wrong? :S
Thanks for the help everyone, im probably going to stick with the 600W PSU to allow for upgrades later (CrossFire).
I will get the CM storm scout case.
I have looked at what Yoyoman2000 said, and i could downgrade my MB because i wont fill the current one with all of these things, but i wish to overclock and have the option to crossfire (Gonna be my first build so i kind want the motherboard to last the longest in the sense that i can add/upgrade whats already there). I wont be playing the high demanding games like you mentioned, plus my screen resoultion is pretty low .
Can someone tell me what kind of GHz i could overclock the i5 2500k to, and if i will need a better heatsink/ more fans with or even without overclocking?
Also i took a look at Aria.co.uk , scan.co.uk and ebuyer.com, some offer better prices than amazon some dont. Is it better to order all from one website? or to order seperately to get the best prices from each website? Also has anyone got any other suggestions of component selling websites? (I want newegg.co.uk!!!)
No. Overclocking isn't very good for maximum price / performance on the Intel side nowadays. You have to buy a more expensive motherboard and CPU to enable overclocking; this on top of the usual heatsinks and fans.