been about 5 years since i last built a machine, think I have a fair idea on what's good, but but as my old machine is starting to play up, haven't spent as much time looking into this as I would have liked, so would appreciate some second opinions please.
Approximate Purchase Date: Soon as possible
Budget Range: £1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and media centre ( both pc and direct tv output )
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor and OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Scan & Ebuyer preferably, though I'm fine with any reliable site
Country of Origin: U.K.
Parts Preferences: Ati GPU, other than that, any good quality brand is fine
Overclocking: Yes, though I've never tried it before, so only the basics
SLI or Crossfire: Not yet.
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 and 1080p tv.
Additional Comments: Ideally looking for quiet, but mainly need a machine that will last. I intend to buy a second card, extra HDD and new monitor next year. Each of my last machines lasted me about 5 years so I am willing to wait a little while if it provides reasonable benefits, but would rather buy as soon as possible, so far I'm looking at
£997 total without a case. And that build with a GTX 580 would completly destroy a 6950. The 1000w PSU will allow for a second card to be added in SLI in the future aswell.
(Priced up using www.SCAN.co.uk)
That will easily fit into your budget and should be really quiet. I took out the GTX 580 because even at 1080P it seems like overkill and it is quite expensive for what it does. A GTX 570 will easily cover what you need.
All of those parts are quiet and the Crucial M4 is supposed to be the most reliable SSD on the market, it's fast too.
EDIT: Even with the more expensive Cosmos and 128GB SSD this should come under £1100
Thanks for the quick response guys, to be honest I'm still looking at the lot of the parts you've suggested, but did have one quick question, why GTX?
From experience I've always found that Geforce slightly out does radeon on a strictly gaming basis, but in turn radeon always seemed the better option for multimedia.
I really want a good gaming experience out of this machine, but the pc is my entire media centre so both parts are equally important to me, so I'd be happy to hear any opinions on whether the GTX justifies the additional cost ( especially bearing in mind that I will eventually be buying 2 or possibly 3 cards ).
GTX 560Ti performs about on par with 6950
GTX 570 performs about on par with 6970
GTX 580 just has better performance compared to all of them and since its do-able well within your budget, why not go for the best performance available.
GTX 580 is like a 5-10% increase in performance over a GTX 570 for like 40-50% more money, it just seems very expensive to me. In terms of multimedia performance, even the integrated graphics on any 1155 chip would easily handle HD and 3D movies etc so dont worry about the multimedia performance of any of the cards, they should all be fine.
You could get an HD 6970 instead if you want but it's not really any cheaper. Also, the Gainward Phantom GTX 570 is supposed to be really quiet.