hello i am trying to customize a £1000 budget gaming rig but need some info on whether what i have chosen is a good choice for a gaming pc. this is the spec below
CASE: NZXT M59 Gaming Mid-Tower Case with See-Thru Window
CPU: AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
Cooling Fan: XtremeGear HDT 120 Xtreme CPU Cooler (5 Heatpipes Direct Core Contact, with rubber rings detachable 120m Neon Fan)
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AMD 870 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3 ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI
MEMORY: 8GB (4x2GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)
VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon HD 6870 PCI-E 16X 1GB DDR5 Video Card, Eyefinity 4 capable [+100]
Power Supply Upgrade: 850 Watts Power Supplies [+59] (Cyberpower 850watt High Performance Gaming Power Supply)
Hard Drive: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE. (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
LCD Monitor: 24" TFT Active Matrix LCD Display [+107] (BenQ G2420HDBL 24" 5ms 1920x1080, D-sub, DVI, Black Full HD LED Wide Monitor [+22])
Network: ONBOARD 10/1000 NETWORK CARD
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium
any feedback would be useful even if it is to tell me its rubbish and that i should start again. i would prefer to go with amd for the cpu and the graphics card but its not essential if you think i can get the same or better quality for better. btw i am only 16 so i would prefer not to go over budget (£1000) thanks in advance.
probably wasn't very clear in my first post but i am not actually building this myself (although i have experience in part building computers, mainly taking them apart and putting them back together, i am not sure i trust myself enough to be able to build it with damaging any parts) i am actually intending to order it through cyberpower. so i am not sure how possible it is to build it with the parts you have suggested but i will try and see how close to it i can get
Aww, I'm sorry to hear that... I would really look into building it yourself. it's super simple, as easy as snapping parts together. You also save a ton of money by buying yourself vs buying through cyberpower.
I'll tell you right now, connecting all the Power supply wires to the mobo is the hardest part. But as long as you follow the mobo instructions you should be good. The rest is just snap in/screw in! After that, it's as easy as installing windows 7 and getting drivers installed.
As long as you don't overdo/dont put enough thermal paste on, you should be ok. Not much risk other than plugging in the wrong wires to the wrong places (which is pretty hard to do, mind you.)
+1 on the build it yourself route,
dont be scared by it
Last january I knew very little about building pc's,I had ;mates' at work who took my old broken one, tutted then charged me xxx for a refurb unit, keeping mine, so I figured I wanted in on this little game, I hate paying money and not knowing where its going, so I looked things up,
then I built my first one, a few months later I built my gf one, I refurbished/ fixed mates pc's, Modded mine many times and I'm currently working on my first watercooled Rig with 100% confidence in what I'm doing,
make the leap man, you will never look back, and I guarantee you will never buy a shop pc again,
plus if your near Nottingham, I'm willing to lend a hand if needed
a £600 homebuild will get you much more pc than a £1000 shop bought one, and you will know how to take care of any issues yourself, instead of paying the mysterious geektypes at pc world,
read online guides, get an old unit to play about with, P4's are dirtcheap on egay for a toybox system and have fun
ok thanks striker i've connected a new psu to a pc before so that should hopefully make it easier and yeah i agree with md the x4 rig would be better for me because price is my main priority. i'll look but both gpu but its depends wether it fits in my budget as to which one i get.
If price is your priority, you can drop to an i5-2400. I would advise against a Phenom X4 build of any kind at your budget, because it will prove to be a bottleneck later on. Here's a benchmark comparing 2500k vs Phenom II x4 955: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=288 Pay attention to higher is better/lower is better. As you can see, the 2500k has almost double performance!
When you get to crossfire 6970's if you ever do that, the cpu WILL be a bottleneck. With the 2500k, you really don't have to worry as you can always overclock to insane levels
and don't get me wrong, I'm no intel fanboy. I love my AMD rig to death, but Intel has the clear lead right now.
i have no intention to overclock my system, i am just trying to build a system that will play games at a decent level for a decent price. my last gaming pc as only £300 and that gave a decent enough quality for me although that was 6 years ago this one is just a replacement for it but i decent to update the entire machine instead of replacing the intel cpu that blew up and i cant reuse any of the components from that machine because they're all outdated
to find best price on components, google 'buy xxx part uk ' and you can work it out from there, sounds daft I know but I've seen £60 variances on Mobos and graphics cards, if your building yourself always hunt down the best price man,