Hi everyone, just joined these forums, was hoping to get some advice on my plan to upgrade my pc. Currently its a dual core running an 8400gs so I think an upgrade is well overdue!
This'll be my first own-built PC so I need some help! Im looking to spend about £500 quid and for that I need: CPU, GPU, case, memory, monitor, PSU (potentially), CPU cooler (potentially), and of course a motherboard!
Im cheating a bit because im gonna transfer my current harddrive (its only 1 month old)
Anyway: Heres my planned build: CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad 955 Core 3.2GHz Processor 4 x 512 KB Boxed - Black Edition
(Is the generic cooler sufficent?)
or should i buy this?
CPU cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
or 5850 for
or 5870 for
ASRock M3A770DE £51.23 (on march's recommended $500 quid build)
Nice build. You are correct, the PSU is crap. Look at a Corsair, XFX, or Antec. Those are the most common brands. A 750w or higher is recommended if you ever plan on crossfiring, but 500-650w will do for a single card for sure.
I suggest a better mobo, the ASRock 870 Extreme3 is an excellent board, as is the Asus M4A87.
and BUT THAT GPU NOW!!!! That's an incredible price on the 5850 AND the 5870! They are much better cards than the 6850, and really hard to beat at that price. If you can fit the 5870, I HIGHLY suggest it. (if there are any similarily priced 6950's, those are the go-to cards.)
You would need to change the motherboard, and look for a 1.5V 2x2GB memory kit.
At that price range you are probably looking at the lowest end of the H61/H67's.
Asus H67 boards seem to be about £70-75,
That is definitely a debate on here. While I think the i3-2100 is the best option for low end gaming PC's, the forum at large has corrected me.
Once you get a few background tasks running, it will apparently bog down the machine a considerable amount. For that, a true Quad excels. And plus by going 955 you get more mobo options, such as one with crossfire, USB3, Sata3 vs. the plain and bare H67 or Z68 board you'd need.
using your HDD and hopefully DVD/CD drive you get a kick@$$ budget gaming system for £500 ish
Note: Stock cooling on the i3-2100 is fine. the intel box coolers aren't that bad.
I would also get at least 1 additional fan for the case. it comes with an intake fan, but you should have an exhaust fan at the rear.
BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP - 120mm BitFenix Spectre All Black Fan Quiet, Fluid Dynamic Bearings (FDB) 1000rpm £3.52 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-bitfenix-spectre-a...(fdb)-1000rpm
I with you on the CM 430 case. It looks better to me and the quality is a little better.
On the PSU, its more of a personal observation and preference for corsair, antec, seasonic etc. I guess I only saw the ones (OCZ) that didn't work. I used about a dozen of the CX series and haven't had one fail yet to my knowledge.