APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (will have to wait for 1 more paycheck, so around 1 month, i'm patient though ) BUDGET RANGE: (around £1000)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Games - MMO (aion online) some FPS, Photoshop CS3, Sony Vegas & Fraps)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Case, mouse, monitor, keyboard)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (ebuyer, used them before, free delivery and decent prices)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (example: I would like to use an Intel CPU & ATI GPU)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680 x 1050 wide)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Quieter the better, although I think I might have messed that up already with the case I bought )
This will be my second build after just about managing to put my 1st together about 2.5 years ago now. In my previous build I used a ASUS A8n sli-premium mobo, AMD 64x2 dual core 4200+ with 2 x 7900GTX in sli +700w psu with really disappointing results. I'm not sure if I picked the wrong cpu and bottle necked my system but my fps were not amazing with even minimal graphics settings. I'm still very much noob at this, so I decided to ask you guys/gals instead of rushing in this time...
(Im not sure about x-fire or to just go with 1 card. If I were to stay with 1 card would I need to change the CPU as I've heard that its usually i7 that are used for x-fire/sli and theres not much point in having one unless you are going to. Also, If I were to go x-fire Are those a little overkill?)
(really I'm just clicking sh!t with hard drives. Don't know much about them and still confused about raid. All i know is WD are supposed to be very reliable and good quality)
Cooler - Still undecided. Ive used zalman aeroflower in the past and really liked it, I hear good things about arctic cooling. Can anyone recommend a cooler for an i7 chip?
PSU - No idea what I need to keep it all running. On my old system I made the mistake of getting a basic psu and my system would crash. Then I got a tagen 700w sli compliant psu and that did the trick. I'm guessing for this i would need a 700 - 1000w psu?
Sorry for any mistakes, any help would be appreciated. If the cost could also be reduced that would be good, but can also increase if its really worth it.
My main concern is in mmo's like wow, when you get to a city where there are hundreds of characters on the screen at 1 time, i would love a pc that could handle it. Thats why i thought about x-fire or similar. What are your thoughts on that?
Also i would suggest you look at this Graphic card from XFX, you would save about £45.00.
XFX HD 4890 XXX Edition 1GB DDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169209
Another option would be to get this 4870 1gb from XFX or 2 of them in Crossfire, depending if you have the funds.
XFX HD 4870 1GB DDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/169208