First time new build, although I've installed the odd component in the past.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better, but if it means waiting for a new release then that's possible.
Budget Range: $1500/£1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, TV/Movies. Internet.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK based.
Country of Origin: England
Parts Preferences: N/A
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, I would like the option put it that way.
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 (I am using my 32" plasma tv as a monitor)
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet pc with good airflow/low temps whilst maintaining high performance (basically I want everything ) A future proof build would also be preferred. As this is a lot of money for me I want it to last at least 3 years.
Gigabyte Ga-X58A-Ud3R Motherboard - $215/£140 (Is this V2? that's what I searched for but it is not indicating that it is V2. This happens on all the stores I have searched (
GPU (I chose these mainly from oc performance benchmarks, but also opinion. I am slightly confused though as there seems to be different versions of the same card e.g. the HD 6850 has sapphire and xfx versions. I do not know which version is the best, or whether there is any difference at all!)
I thought it was also worth mentiong that I already have a 'Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive'. Would it be worth buying another and setting up Raid. I must admit that I know very little about Raid. I am prepared to wait for the price of SSD's to go down before buying one. I know that these can give a great performance boost.
the cpu and board you gonna have to see what is available at the time
the h70 is kinda the best heatsink from a noise/space perspective but i do believe the Noctua ud 14 and thermalright silver arrow just edge it on performance
the gtx is the best value out of your 3 options the 6850 is bout the same and the 5850 also round the same place
for ram g.skill and mushkin will give you th best value,look for some cas7 1600 mhz ram for some overclocking options
case is personal choice but the haf is good
and for power supply the tx line is a bit dated and there seems to be some shenanigans brewing in the corsair camp but this is a better performer and a bit cheaper most people got a problem with the cosmetics but is a top class performer
I think I'm going to go for the Noctua NH-D14 for my heatsink.
As for ram, I'm still confused . Should I go for 1600mhz with cas6/7 or 2000mhz with cas 8/9? 4gb or 6gb? At this point I don't know what would be overkill and what would be suitable. I have found these 2 sets:
What do you guys think of this build? Any room for improvement or ways to save a bit of money, I really welcome your suggestions.
It would be really helpful if somebody could suggest to me the best version of the GTX 460. There are so many that's it's confusing. I've read the article on this site but I still didn't come away from it with a solid choice. What are the differences between the versions, is it just how much they have been overclocked? Could I buy a regular GTX 460 and do this myself to save money?
I'd just want to say also that this is a great site that has given me a lot of great information, so thanks.