Im building this computer for a friend and this is what I have so far. I need some advice on a graphics card for around about £100. I am also looking for your thoughts on what I have put together so far and whether there is anything I could improve upon.
For gaming id get an ati 5770 and instead of that intel you might want the AMD Phenom 955 or the Athlon 640.
June 23, 2010 7:18:48 PM
thanks for the reply. just to elaborate a little, the machine will be used for casual gaming rather than enthusiast gaming! also would you be able to briefly say why you are recommending the parts you are? cheers!
Well, it depends on what you want to run. But the 5770 should run anything you want on max settings if your just a casual gamer. Its a good card. And also, the 955 black edition has an l3 cache so it may go a little faster then the intel chip. Its supposed to be great for gaming and since its a black edition, its easily overclockable.
Onboard sound on AM3 boards I know is of a pretty good standard, so I'd suggest checking it out before buying a soundcard.
You could cut down to a single 2GB stick of 1333mhz DDR3 RAM in this build if you wanted to be able to afford a quad core/Phenom or something else. As for your uses you don't need a quad core CPU and the X3 440 is a very nice choice for all kinds of uses.
The PSU in your build does not look like good quality to me as it only provides PCI-E connectors via molex adapters. It also may not have horror stories attached to it, but you won't find a professional/technical review of it. Such a review will tell you whether the PSU has stable voltages. The lackthereof would be likely to damage your other components (mobo, RAM etc). Personally I think it is wise to find a PSU that has been shown to provide stable voltages. Which the Be Quiet has done, it is also 80Plus certified, which is another sign of quality, has hardwired PCI-E connectors and is from a reputable brand/OEM - many of it's units have been shown to provide stable voltages and been highly recommended as high quality PSUs. The same can't be said for Arctic Power.
The Antec case is a typical budget recommendation. It should be higher quality than the casecom, has much greater potential for cooling/airflow, can fit large graphics cards.