Good day chaps. Building a rig for my girlfriend and thought id ask your advice for a bit more detailed tweaking, since you guys have been my go-to guys for computers for the last 6 years Its mainly going to be used for gaming, primarily WoW/SW:TOR plus some FPS games like FEAR3 and TF2. Its also going to be used for a lot of photoshop and video editing since she's an arts major, and this is where I have no idea how to tweak it since ive only ever built PCs for gaming. The specs ive got here are more than necessary for the games shes going to be playing, but i want the computer to remain decent for quite a long time, since i dont know whats shes going to start playing in the future.
Approximate Purchase Date: 3 weeks from now.
Budget Range: ~£900
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, photoshop, some video editing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.scan.co.uk is my go-to place, they're local so i dont have to pay shipping and its always handy to have them there if something goes wrong.
Parts Preferences: I've gone for AMD chipset and mobo simply because thats what im familiar with, but Im not bothered.
AMD CPU FX Series 4100 Black Edition Quad Core Processor Bulldozer - £88.08 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/10-cashback-amd-fx-4100-...
Its been my experience that the CPU rarely becomes the bottle neck in gaming performance, so ive gone with something somewhat cheaper to free up the budget for the graphics card. But as I said above, im not sure if photoshop is going to demand much more CPU performance, so i could go for something better here.
[Edit]Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 £82 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-970a-ud3-amd...(x16)-atx
If ill be honest I dont really know how to pick out a motherboard, I honestly cant tell the good ones from the crap ones, so I just picked the one that had the slots I needed and went for something that looked quality. Would especially appreciate feedback on this item.
The choice of parts comes mainly from looking at a ready-made gaming PC thats roughly in our price range, and then building on from that template, so none of these choices are set in stone. So if you feel that having an entirely different GPU-CPU-Mobo set would be in my best interest feel free to suggest it. Other than that id appreciate feed back on the more indepth technical stuff that im not too familiar with, for example my choice of RAM, the compatibility of the components, the quality of the PSU etc.
That PSU will not power a build with a GTX 570. This is because the 12V rails have very low ratings (14A & 13A). A GTX 570 by itself will draw about 18A under full load. Even if both those rails can be loaded fully at the same time, which is unlikely, then the 12V output of that unit would be 324W. That should be called (at most) a 400W unit. Powercool units are hard to trust due to the lack of technical reviews, little problems like that and low price.
I don't think you should be spending £56 on only 4GB of RAM.
Corsair Vengeance LP 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V CML4GX3M2A1600C9 £22 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
Photoshop is a program which likes RAM so you should probably get 8GB now:
Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V CML8GX3M2A1600C9B £37 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-lp-cerulean-blue-pc3-12800-(1600)-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v
As I understood it any case which is ATX compatible is by default also mini-ITX compatible, so i went with that in the hopes of having a motherboard thats easier to cool and thus would keep the whole system quieter.
My entire knowledge of PSU's is based on what I've read from the stickies in the PSU section of the forums, so ill take your word for it that the one i picked is inadequate
And yeah, the RAM you've linked seems much better. Any particular reason why the one i had down seems so much more expensive?
Well it is listed as server RAM so it has optimisations based on being designed for servers. It is also listed as ECC so actually I think there is a compatibility issue as well as the Asus website specifies non-ECC memory.
Actually you are correct about Mini-ITX motherboards being compatible with ATX cases, I had not bothered find that out before.
Now that I've looked at M4A88T-I's product page I double checked the CPU support list and no FX series units are listed.
Figured its just as good if not better than the MSI 1280MB GeForce GTX 570, and its 25 pounds cheaper. So that plus the savings from silvunes suggestions means ive freed up some budget for new speakers and a gaming mouse.
Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse - 24 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/logitech-g400-black-gami...
Girlfriend really wants a gaming mouse like the Naga razar but tbh i think they're pretty overpriced and overdesigned. Even when i play wow there is no way i could use all 12 of the buttons on the side without screwing up. So i thought this would be a good compromise, 2 extra buttons on the side and two extra buttons in the middle.
Again, any and all suggestions and advice are welcome, thanks guys.