System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly Gaming. I'd like something that can run the high-end games like Crysis at high resolutions/smooth frame rate, but also the ability to upgrade in a few years' time with minimal disposal.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any.
Country of Origin: UK
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Would be a bonus.
SLI or Crossfire: If it greatly improved the upgrade/lifetime, then I would consider it.
I have been researching for a few days, and I have a tentative configuration as well as a question.
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - £170
Asus P8P67 PRO Intel P67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard - (Sandybridge) - £139
ATI Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 - £210
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - £90
Coolermaster HAF 912 Plus Case - £100
GeIL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz VALUE PLUS Dual Channel (GVP34GB1600C9DC) £35.99 - £40
These last I saw on other posts, fitting with above components, but I'm not as certain of:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Certified Modular Power Supply - £69
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - £40
Titan Fenrir Evo CPU Cooler - £32
Pioneer 24x Internal S19LBK DVD Rewriter - £20
Estimated total: ~£900 including VAT and shipping (please correct me if you think I mis-estimated).
2. I'm not sure if this second question belongs to this forum, but I can always move it:
I was hellbent on home building, having seen Alienwares and the like going £1400+, but then I saw the Titan Spinosaur on overclockers which (configured with Windows 7 HP and the ATI 6950 2GB, as above) sells for £926 including VAT. (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS...)
Is there a catch?
My choice is boiling down to price, because while I would enjoy the learning experience of assembling the machine, I also have difficulty with ordering postal items (need to order them to my brother's home, 30 min underground ride each way every time), and time is rather tight. Plus, the prebuilt comes with 12 months warranty.
MEM - Swap the GeIL memory out for some 1.5v memory. The G.SKILL Ripjaws series is a good option.
MB+CPU+GPU+OS+HDD => Good choices!
PSU - OCZ isn't regarded as a "top" power supply company. You would be better off with Antec or Corsair. The Antec TruPower series will work well for a good price point. 650w for a single GPU, or 850w if debating on multiple GPUs down the road.
You can knock 40 odd pounds off the price of the case, because the HAF 912 Plus only costs ~£100 when it is bundled with a rather poor Cooler Master power supply.
Due to a lack of cables (only two PCIe cables, four 4pin peripheral connectors) and only a combined 46A on it's 12V rails (552W), the OCZ ModXStream 700W is not the best 700W PSU and there are better choices at ~£70.
The primary candidate from OCUK would be the XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular for £75: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...
The harddrive would be a good choice.
That Titan Spinosaur has, IMO, an inferior case, inferior heatsink (because it costs more for little justifiable gain over ~£40 heatsinks) and like I said before the power supply is not the best, altho it would be good enough for your build if you didn't want the option to add a second graphics card at some point. I also prefer the RAM you have chosen, but not a big deal.
CPU, Mobo, GPU, Case, OS, Cooler: same as above
4GB Kingston DDR3 (inferior to the Ripjaw?)
PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series
for £900 flat. One can upgrade the PSU to 750W as well, or the TX series to the Pro.
Basically I changed what you guys suggested, since the Spinosaur PSU and RAM cannot be modified. Are either RAM or PSU inferior to the home build? And if I was to go with one of the two pre-builts, would you recommend this one over Spinosaur? (Again, I can take these questions to the other forums if necessary)