Hi, this is my first build, I've shopped around for a while now, so I'm just checking if everything will plug together.
Approximate Purchase Date: This week Budget Range: £700-£800 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, Movies, Encoding Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse - My MX518 should hold out for a little longer Preferred Site for Parts:ebuyer.com Country: UK Parts Preferences: AMD Overclocking: Maybe, not now, don't want to spend any extra at the moment. SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, not now. Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I'm aware that some of the motherboards do not have the correct BIOS preinstalled, and is a hit and miss on whether any unit is actually compatible with the Bulldozer range of processors. Unfortunately, I don't have any AM3 socket CPUs handy, so any advice on a course of action to take if the BIOS needs upgrading would be a great help
I've looked around and it seems having an antistatic wristband isn't essential in the building process as long as I'm careful, however if you have any differing opinions I'm open to advice.
I've been quite looking forward to the step up from a 2400XT, which can surprisingly run Skyrim at a semi-playable frame rate on lowest settings.
Since this is my first build, please excuse any rookie mistakes I may have made, thanks a lot in advance for your help.
It is actually possible to SLI GTX 560 Tis on a 650W PSU however on a heavy load you are likely to be pushing the PSU to ~80% of its rated capacity, which isn't really a problem, but most people don't like to do this. The sort of 650W PSUs that could be loaded to 80% and still remain cool and quiet are usually more expensive than the "entry level" 750W PSUs.
Thanks for your replies, I've made a few amendments to my current build.
Regarding the case, I'm sticking with the Casecom for now, unless the Antec 300 is certainly worth the extra £17 (I'm attempting to tighten my budget a little)
Cheers to both of you for the PSU advice, I've chosen the XFX Pro 650W Core Edition since it seems more than satisfactory for my requirements at the moment.
Glad to hear the motherboard's okay, it is a little expensive however it seems that it is the cheapest mobo in that range capable of SLI, whilst I'm not certain I'll SLI in the future, I'm happy to spend a little extra for it now.
I've chosen the Bulldozer processor due to the fairly low price combined well as a £10 cashback offer, and it's 3.6Ghz clock speed. I'm not at all knowledgeable on CPUs however that seemed like a fairly good deal. I have read that the Bulldozer processors aren't great for gaming; would a AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition 3.3GHz be more appropriate for my needs?
The Kingston memory seems all good, switched to that.
I've decided that a 2TB drive is overkill for my needs at the moment, I've downsized to a Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM which should be fine for now.
Forgot the motherboard came with SATA cables, thanks!
I've seen reviewers claiming that the manufacturer have upgraded the BIOs for them, although hopefully that isn't a problem I'll run into.
I've been considering an Intel build, however initially chose the AMD hardware since I know next to nothing about Intel architecture. The i3 and mobo both seem pretty decent, so I've swapped the FX-4 4100 and M5A99X Evo out for them.