Well, I am looking into building my own system. This AMD Sempron system that I write this post on is somewhat outdated. This would be my first ever build so i need some advice over which parts i should choose.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week.
Budget Range: £390 - £410 (pounds sterling)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (fps, rts), web-browsing, running office applications and photo editing.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: The cheapest
Parts Preferences: The only concrete thing I have my eyes set on is an Intel i5 2400. I was originally going to have a look at the fx 6100 but the reviews it has been getting make it seem to be an abysmal processor. The only other processor I am interested in in the Llano A8. Other than that I would like an AMD 6850/6870 that can run bf3 on decent settings.
SLI/Crossfire: No, but maybe in the future...
Parts I'm proposing:
4gb ddr3 1333mhz Ram (which make is the best?)
Xigmatek Asgard II case
Gigabyte GA-P61-DS3-B3 (rev. 1.1) - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - H61 - LGA1155 Socket (need help on this one, is it compatible for all of my parts? Is it the best one for my money?)
Raedon 6870 graphics card (there are lots of editions; which one should i get) Or should I just get a 6850? The price below seems fishy...
The i5 is £60 more, I'm not denying that you get £60 more processor for your money but personally I wouldn't sacrifice anything in that current build to get it. A 320GB HDD over a 500GB one will save like £8-9 max. I'd say if you can find an extra £60 go for it but if you can't, the i3 is still great.
Be aware, some websites may charge shipping, and so would actually work out cheaper to buy all from one place, and pay one shipping fee, rather than paying a shipping fee on every individual component.