I bought a pre-built ACER for my partner last July, it was borked from the start but I have only just managed to get Ebuyer to admit the problems and offer me a replacement. Problem is the PC is no longer stocked (No surprise there eh), so I have a £600 credit note in my Ebuyer account with which to either purchase a new pre-built, or build my own. It's been a while since I've looked at building a PC (3 years or so) so I haven't really kept up with the curve on hardware.
None of the pre-built PC's below £600 are equal to the one I purchased (it was on offer from £900), so I'm leaning towards building from scratch. Parts can only come from Ebuyer due to the credit note, and my partner is getting on my back to get this sorted ASAP so looking for a quick order turn around. To that end I've come to you...
I do have another option, I can give my partner my current PC (Not spoken to her about it yet but I think she'd be happy with mine.) This would give me a slightly larger budget, but some higher requirements:
Thanks Obsidian, you've detailed pretty much what I had been looking at.
A few questions:
Would it be worth my looking at 6GB RAM for "Tri-Channel". I've seen it bandied about on a lot although it may have only been for the i7 processors. (doesn't appear to be supported with the Mobo listed however)
Are benefits from Crossfire worth shelling out a bit more for? If so which two GPU's should I replace the 5770 with? (Gaming and 3DSMax rendering)
6gb ram is for the higher i7 9xx series systems eg 3,6,12,24 sticks of ram the lower end i7 8xx and i5 and i3 systems use dual channel eg 2,4,8,12,16 ect sticks of ram
the lower end cooler master cases arent too good on cooling and the low end cooler master power supplies are not worth mentioning you could buy a bog standard case and put in the power supply but i picked the antec 300 becase it has the right balance of space and functionality
i dont think 3ds uses dual graphics cards at all but as time goes on it should catch on in applications but i'd rather stick to one card and as a side note the i5 board is not too good at crossfire since the second pcie slaot runs at x4 unlike the amd board running at x8 and you will most likely need a bigger power suppply 600watts+ to run crossfire the second cable on the antec powe supply is for the power hungry cards that use 2 pci power cables
I'd guessed as much with the RAM just wanted to be sure.
I went and looked for some Cooler Master "reviews" and came to the conclusion you'd reply as you did. I think you forgot to include the case in your original post, I've looked at then Antec 300 and that's fine.
Again thanks for your advice on the Crossfire. I've only recently started teaching myself the 3DS so wasn't sure on it's requirements anyway. I'd noticed the pcie on the intel board that was going to be a follow up question had you not pre-empted it in your reply.
So going along the lines that I'll be passing off my current PC to my partner, and building this for myself from scratch I think the final order is going to be: