ok, i have done multiple threads, but was wondering weather one of those combo people could put together a system for me, for up to max £370 absolutely no higher, that is it :S i am getting the gpu later, and have not included that in the price.
i want crossfire compatable, amd or intel dont mind, monitor, mouse, keyboard, win7, etc is bought separately, just the components. preferably on board graphics, but doesnt matter as i have a spare.
will be used for primarily gaming and some light 3d rendering, with searching web done daily.
if you need any other info, i can tell you
Approximate Purchase Date: up to a month after christmas
Budget Range: Max £410
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing web, 3d render
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, wireless thingy, harddrive, gpu
ok, iv been looking and have come up with the fact that if i wait till next year, i could get this in march, it would probably be cheaper due to sandy bridge, so was wondering, what do you think? could you suggest better??
NZXT M59 Classic Series, Black, Mid Tower Gaming Case, with Side Window, w/o PSU £39.77 £46.73
Here's what I'd look at, but I have no idea how much it will cost over there, so I'm going to throw out a lot of options. I will point out that with you're budget, you're looking at an AMD build, which means you should ony be looking at ATI GPUs. AMD doesn't do SLI.
CPU: X4 955 or X6 1055T
Mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme 3 or Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
RAM: Any non-OCZ 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 kit. Brand preference in order: G.Skill, Corsair, Mushkin, Kingston/Patriot/A.Data, everyting else. Don't touch OCZ, as their DDR3 sticks are known to have issues.
PSU: Any 650-750W unit from Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, Antec or XFX. If you're planning on getting a huge GPU (like the HD 5970), bump that up to the 850W range.
Case: In price order: Coolermaster Elite, Coolermaster Centurion 5, Antec 300/300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690/690 II, Antec 900/902, HAF 922. Add any case from Lian Li to that list.
Optical: Whatever is the cheapest SATA DVD burner
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus or Sycthe Mugen 2 Rev. B
First, the board is an old one. It doesn't have USB 3/SATA III support, which is becoming necessary quickly. It also only has one PCIe 2.0 slot running at a useful speed (8x or higher).
Second, the current Intel socets are going to be replaced very soon. The LGA1155 is supposed to replace the LGA1156 by the end of the year. That means the socket won't see any new CPUs and will be obsolete.
Finally, I'm not a huge fan of the NZXT cases. I know some of the lower end ones have gotten decent reviews, but I've seen many bad reviews for the higher end, which makes me a tad concerned about using them.
If you are buying from scan, which I think you are, could be wrong, then the XFX 650W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze is a better buy IMO, it is the same price, has higher efficiency, probably performs better in terms of voltage regulation, ripple and noise suppression, etc, and has 4 PCI-E graphics card connectors, whereas the Corsair only has 2, so it is more capable of powering two graphics cards.
I'm pretty sure that motherboard doesn't have it's second slot at x8 or above, so would only be suitable at best for crossfiring 5770s. The cheapest 800 series AMD motherboard that can crossfire and has SATA6G (altho not USB3) is the Asus M4A89GTD Pro £94. The cheapest with all three would be the Gigabyte GA-890-GPA-UD3H £101.
If you wanted to enable SATA6G on an older motherboard you could always get the Highpoint Rocket 620, which gives pretty good and competitive speeds according to this review: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/10/28/are...
Altho the cost could be put towards buying a motherboard already with that capability.