APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: before xmas BUDGET RANGE: <£500 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (CS:S, COD4, MW2, FIFA, BF2 and the next BF game if any good), internet, music, .NET development. PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already got: 19" Samsung, MS keyboard, gaming mouse, SATA HDD, CoolerMaster Cavalier3 case, Creative Labs 5.1 speakers and Win 7 Pro 64bit. PARTS REQUIRED: CPU, motherboard, RAM, PSU and graphics card PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: novatech.co.uk (scan.co.uk, ebuyer.com, amazon if needed) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK PARTS PREFERENCES: favour AMD otherwise no preference OVERCLOCKING: Consider if easy, stable and worth it SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unlikely due to budget and unclear on the benefits at my res. MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I tend to hang on to hardware for 2-4 years so longevity is more important than upgrade paths as a full system swap is more often required after that long.
- That processor is not compatible with that motherboard. You want a Phenom II x4 which fits an AM3 Socket. The 945 or 955 are good choices. Stick with the AM3 socket, it will be more upgradeable in the future.
- 650W is overkill if you will not crossfire. 450W would be plenty for that graphics card and a Phenom II x4 945 or 955.
- Anything beyond DDR3 1333 is superfluous with an AMD build. See if you can find ram at that speed with tight timings (7-7-7-??) for less money.
That ram is awfully expensive too... that same G.Skill kit runs about 125 USD (about 75 pounds)
I spotted the AM2/AM3 mistake after posting (see edit).
Will read up on the PSU and RAM choices. Is motherboard a sensible choice?
Yes, mobo looks fine for what you need.
Here is a decent PSU calculator: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
Always add a little extra wattage just to be sure, and also to allow for upgrades in the future. PSUs generally run the more efficiently when using roughly 50-75% of their maximum load, though it varies with each particular model. Still, it is advantageous to buy a PSU with a little more juice than you absolutely need, so as to hit this sweet-spot.