Hey there. Im building a new pc for a friend of mine. The most important things is that he needs a 22inch HD monitor found a Samsung one for £150- but perhaps better ones for similar prices?
As for everything else, it's been 2 years since i looked at buying parts, so a bit behind the times i.e. knowledge of i5 core/i7-
All i think he wants- is a gaming system that can play SC2 and any upcoming games on ultra settings.
Aiming to purchase within the next 2-3 weeks.
Doesnt need Speakers, keyboard, mouse, doesnt need OS have windows 7
Any uk shipping based website for parts if possible.
Would like Intel CPU quad core, Asus Mobo, ddr3 ram, full tower case+ the 22 inch HD LCD screen.
Not specifically looking to overclock his pc, because i don't want him to waste his money- but could do slight changes if within safe levels.
Any help would be much appriecated. Thank you
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe
I'm not clear whether the £700-800 is supposed to include the monitor. If it doesn't then you've got an ideal gaming CPU, crossfire capable mobo, fast low latency RAM for a good price, ATI's second fastest single GPU - I changed site for this part as it is so much cheaper than you will find most other 5850s at other sites. A fast single platter 500GB drive. A PSU that can crossfire two 5850s and is high quality. Bog standard SATA DVD drive and a good budget case.
Ideally you would get this mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro £170, as it is higher quality, safer to OC on and has SATA 6Gbps and USB3, but it would put you over budget.
If you do need a monitor for the £700-800, then change to the MBOX version of the Phenom II X4 955 for ~£130 and a crossfire capable mobo, which ranges from £85 to ~£135, depending on whether you want SATA 6Gbps or not.
As you can see this is a saving of ~£120 which would be enough to buy a 5870 if you didn't need to buy a monitor. In gaming the GPU is much more important than the CPU, and the Phenom II X4 and Intel i5-750 are virtually equal in gaming. So to get higher detail settings and framerates it would be wiser to get the better graphics card. However you need to spend closer to £100 to get a 750W PSU that could crossfire two 5870s.