I intend to build my next desktop gaming machine and have saved up a bit the budget is 600 and i will use it to play some ffs and Aion _ a MMORPG .
I have a spare OCZ Gold edition Triple channel already thus i will use this one. After leaving the hardware update for a while I think it's better to ask those that are really knows about things so could you give me some advice to build a balance rig .
My first idea is :
Asus Rampage II Gene Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express mATX DDR3 Motherboard - 174
Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1366) - OEM -203
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card -229
OCZ StealthXStream 600w Ready Power Supply - 59
I'm in UK by the way so as u knows things seems to be more expensive
nice. High end. Play anything. If you want to cut costs you could go core i5 no problem. But yeah i7 920 is a nice choice.
If you want expandability as in the potential to add a second 5850 in the future get a motherboard with 2 pci-e 16x slots.
Is the OCZ ram 3x2GB or 3x1GB?
Since you have pounds, your build will get better over time (US dollar = shi*t)
With your 3-channel ram, X58 board and i7, it appears that your choice of an ATI 5850 will be the bottle neck in heavy gaming scenario.
Also, you didn't say anything about hard drives, any 2010 builds should have an SSD option for max bang vs. money with respect to you old computer Tomshardware has a full-featured article on SSD, highly recommended before any new build.
There's no way an SSD is going in a £600 build.
For £600 you can get either an i5 750 build or an AMD phenom II 955/965 build, with a 5850 if you squeeze, probably a 5770 or 4890 in reality.
You should still be able to recycle those sticks of RAM. Although, a few of them would best be left out to allow them to run in dual channel mode.
@ silvune : i do agree with you after a little research on price online. The question now is the compatibility of the Ram with i5 750 system ?
and u mention leave 1 of them out to run dual channel -- how is it possible or triple channel kit can be use that way ?
SSD is luxury choice with me i 'd rather put more in the Graphic cards. I have chosen the Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM with price 65 pounds which i think is a good choice.
Usually tri-channel memory is the same as dual channel, they just add 1 or 2 cards to make it 3 sticks instead of 2 or 6 sticks instead of 4. As long as your RAM is the same DDR spec as the mobo, i.e. DDR3 then it should work and if the mobo supports the speed at which your RAM runs.
Eco harddrives generally aren't worth getting, at least not as primary drives, Caviar Blue is a good compromise between performance and price, Caviar Black is the performance line for WD. Seagate 7200.12, Samsung Spinpoint F3 which are amongst the best drives, and the 1TB versions are virtually the same price as that Caviar Green on scan.co.uk.