firstly, thank you for taking the time to read this and any advice anyone can give.
What Is The PC Going To Be For?
I think that's the normal question asked first. The PC is going to be built for gaming and longevity. I'm not really bothered about playing with all high settings on everything, however what I would like for it to be able to play whatever new games come out in about 5 years (even if its scraping by on low settings). The idea is that it's an investment so that I do not have to upgrade/change stuff for quite a while.
What Is Your Budget?
I'm not completely sure to be honest... Which I guess makes things a little awkward to work with. The idea that I'm sort of running with at the minute is looking at what is shiny and new - then going one or two steps under to make it somewhat budget. As a vague guide I would go between $500-$1000.
So that's the bare bones of it. Here's what I have so far.
CPU Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400 for $190 here
- Intel and Nvidia are more familiar to me and simply because of that I've leaned towards these brands in my build overall.
- I chose the 'sandybridge' CPU as it's one jump below the newer ivybridge (thus will be cheaper)
- I also chose the sandy to enable buying a cheaper motherboard as I know some of the ones I were looking at may not be compatible with ivy.
- I found the highest GHz I could and quad core to achieve the best performance and longevity
Basically this is a choice I'm fairly happy with unless someone suggests anything or finds something poop about it or something better
Oh, and it would help to know when spending about $200 on a CPU what would be a guideline price for the rest of the parts as I know I do not want one part to either weigh down the rest of them or be way better and wasted.
MOTHERBOARD ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $86
here (OPEN BOX)
- the z68 model came out with sandybridges therefore I feel would be a good match to the cpu
- its overclockable, but not initially overclocked - thats not something I really want to do but might concider it later.
- options for additional USB ports (i think???)
- can run two videocards (I think??? - if this is not correct PLEASE tell me)
- can use integrated audio rather than buying a sound card (again, I'm not completely sure on this sort of thing, please tell me if this is wrong)
- can run 1600 RAM DDR3 (more MHz is better I assume)
GRAPHICS CARD ZOTAC ZT-50306-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card here at $160 newegg details here
- the GTX 560 ti seems one of the cheaper graphics card that is still considered 'high-end'
- I didnt really understand how to select what sort of price to go for... this is a guess
- I can use two together at a later date (SLI) rather than buying a whole new one
Downsides it is the 1GB version, I was told that a 2GB would be much better there is one here for $250 that is a 2GB one... would this be much better? and still SLI-able? at a later date would I be able to use SLI using a 2Gb version and 1gb version?
graphics card are rather confusing to me.
HARDDRIVE Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive here $60 (after discount code)
- I'm pretty sure 500GB would be big enough
- I'm not entirely sure what else really matters on a hard drive... this one just seemed good
is it possible to (at a later date!) buy a small SSD drive primarily for windows while still using the original hard drives to hold files on
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM here $57
- 8GB seems good, can always add more
- 8.8.8 timings.. lower is better right?
- lots of good reviews
So the graphics card needs a min of 450W, the RAM needs a min of 1.5V.... that's the best I can understand what will work with what I have
help here would be greatly appreciated !
again a little lost simply because I'm not sure how big I need... I know i need lots of cooling, and one that's got room for possible future SLI.
so that's all I have at the minute, any help would be greatly appreciated !!!