Hello, after getting as much use out of this uselss overheating piece of crap I currently run with I'm ready to upgrade. Just for reference I am in the UK. Budget is £500, roughly $750.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Hardcore Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: DVD/RW , Hard Drive, OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any good UK based websites, I only know of Ebuyer.com / Overclockers.co.uk
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer to use Intel, with adequate cooling throughout the system to accomdate extended periods of gaming (presume 12+ hours occasionally).
OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe
Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / Maybe
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My main concern is having a powerful enough PC to run all games on medium/high settings. I have a crappy AMD Athlon 64X2 5000+ BE which has overheated ever since I bought the thing, even with aftermarket coolers etc. I just want a reliable/stable build that will run cool. I am open to using pre-built systems.
This is just one of a few Mobo options around this price, check reviews to decide which is best for you. Note that none support XFire or SLI (not decently anyway). You have to pay a lot more for that option
Note: There are a number of case options so just have a look and decide which you prefer (plenty in the £25 - £30 area)
Note: You can go cheaper for RAM. On ebay you can get 4gb of 7-7-7-22 RAM for £74. I have not mentioned it above because this is not known RAM and therefore you are taking a risk on its reliability. I can say that I bought some and am using it in my experimental computer (I recently put a machine together using some parts that I was less sure of to see where money can or cannot be saved). One stick was faulty but there have been no issues returning it and getting it replaced. The other stick currently works as stated.
Note: You can get a cheaper PSU, Scan has a £52 750W modular PSU. Again, I did not state it above as it is not a brand PSU and so may not be as reliable. Again, I can say I am using it and have had no problems so far. It is Scans own model, and as a well respected hardware dealer I trust their quality so took the risk. As I say, I have had no issues with it and put it here as an option, but wanted to be clear that it is not a typical recommendation. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/750W-Powercool-PC750UM-M...
Total with recommended parts:
Total using the RAM and PSU Noted above:
The build does not include mouse/keyboard or Speakers though you can buy a bundle deal for about £10 - £20, it will be fairly standard and cheap but will do until you can afford better.
This build also does not include a monitor, I really hope you did not intend that within the budget
If you are only going to able to run a single card in this setup then a 550W PSU of good quality will be able to run a card as power hungry as a 5870. A good one of those will cost probably £70 max, such as these two: Corsair VX550 £67.61 Antec Truepower New 550 £68.73