I am currently running a fairly old rig with an 8800 GTS 640 and whilst this has been a faithful computer it is time for me to move on. However I haven't really been keeping up with the technology and I'm abit confused. So here I am asking for your advice!
PURCHASE DEADLINE: Within 3-4 months, maybe sooner depending on the build.
BUDGET RANGE: £800, with some room for expansion in either direction.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have most input devices but I have RAM from my old machine that may or may not be useful, I have 4gb's but I cannot check what it is from work (i will update the thread later)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer, or any other trusted UK websites.
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to try and build the computer around 2 GTX 460's after seeing the great performance but I am open minded to other options.
OVERCLOCKING: I'm not very experienced with this, any help would be greatly appreciated.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Hoping to build the computer based around 2 GTX 460's
If you could please include with and without RAM as I have a feeling the RAM that I own isn't very good and so having the option available to me would be great and as I've mentioned I'd love to build it around 2 GTX 460's but if that's unrealistic I understand.
1920x1080 display. No other salvagable parts other than RAM.
I believe so yes, as for salvaging. My current HDD is a really old IDE and I'm sick of the bloody thing. My motherboard is a 3 year old AMD one and I think I'd prefer an intel this time. Anything else won't be useful, espcially the old case.
I'm currently using a samsung syncmaster at 1680x1050. However this monitor is on it's last legs that is out of warranty (it flashes alot when turned on regardless on input) and I've already budgeted to have it replaced with a 24" Samsung.
Ya i always advocate single GPU solutions at the rate tech moves. Just Cause 2 made seemingly decent GPU look rubbish and who knows how resource hungry games later become so just upgrade to the best bang for games next gen ^^
Maybe it's worth getting a 480 then? Granted they are hideously expensive. It would come out at just over my budget at £841. The reason I was interested in two 460's is that they perform better and 2 would actually be cheaper than a single 480.
You may need a DVD drive unless you salvage it from your old machine. Otherwise that build gives you everything you want...except you are £170 short of getting a second GTX460. But, on the bright side - the build is ready for it - the mobo can have two cards, the PSU can handle two cards (though you may want to go up to a 750W if you plan on OCing the cards and the CPU).
The GTX460 should do you fine until you can afford a second one
Going back to Asteldian's Intel build suggestion, I would change the motherboard to this: MSI P55-GD65 £120 SLI and CF capable motherboard and high quality. The only major features it doesnt have are SATA6G and USB3. So you'd have the option back to add another GTX 460 in the future.
The added beauty of the MSI board is it can overclock the CPU for you. The OC Genie is one of the few auto overclocking devices with good reviews (as it does not merely bump thevoltage to your CPU). So, while you may not be experienced in OCing, the Genie will do a moderate one for you very quickly and stable. It can bump an i5 750 to about 3.4ghz.
The only thing you may want to consdier is buying the 1gb version of a GTX 460 for £180, that saves you £130 that you can put aside and in a few months buy a second one. The 1gb should cope pretty well at your resolution for a little while.
Also, I don't know about other stores, but scan sells the i5 760 for about £1 more.
On another note, www.aria.co.uk I believe has an offer on the i5 750, selling at £140 right now so you can save £16 there which brings you closer within budget
The extra video memory helps a card deal better with higher resolutions. They are also likely to be a bit more futureproof - dealing with future games a bit better than the 768MB version. The extra video memory can increase minimum framerates by as little as 2 or as much as 12. I think it's worth it if you can afford it, and only getting one right away is a really simple way of doing it.