Hi everyone. As it's my first post/topic on this forum I would like to say how happy I am that I've found fudzilla due to a great PC related info/test center. That's why I would like to use the opportunity to ask You guys, who are dealing with all kinds of components - what is the best value/performance gaming/multimedia rig out there at the moment?
I'm buying a new PC in the beginning of the next month but I've already started my researches about what can I get and don't regret my purchase in next 3 to 9 months.
I want to spend around 800 GBP
(without monitor) which is around 1600 USD
or as You wish - 1200 EURO
Also I will try to buy as much as possible from ebay due to some good deals going on there.
My researches atm looks like that:
============================Motherboard - Asus P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi
it's quite future-proof, has a lot of great stuff inside and at the back panel (including e-SATA port, WiFi if I will ever need it, 2xRJ45, HD Audio 7.1). It has p965 which is as great overclocker (or even better than n680i), actually tests are showing that it has better or same performance scores while not overclocked and it's faaaaar cheaper. The only down side of it is a lack of SLI support and doesn't have 1333FSB support, although I'm not convinced in pairing any graph-s cards 'cause You always can get better value/performance from 1 more powerfull card than 2 cheaper in SLI, and ofcourse it obviously is an important issue about how much power your PC is consuming (and I don't want to end up with paying too much for my electricity bill)
======================CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
I was struggling with this one, 'cause E6400
are great overclockers too, but at the end - their prices went down a lot lately and I can get E6700 for less than 170-180 pounds at the moment, I don't want to overclock my components too much (summer is coming) :] and my friend told me that he would go for the best one he would have money for and so I think this will be a good choice. I was thinking about Q6600 (which is quite cheap for 4 cores) but first of all i think that it's not a time yet to go for such a CPU for home user purposes and it's taking twice more power than E6xxx series.
======================Graphics - GeForce 8800 GTS
320 or 640 (just don't know which one yet)
If it comes to graphics, well these are getting old quickly as we all know, but I want to have some power for the new games and I'm not looking forward to play in 1900 resolutions, it would be nice to have one that performs well in 1600 but still I will use 19 inch TFT or 20-22 widescreen so performance in very high resolutions is not essential for me. Also I want to keep my PC as quiet as possible. Any suggestions which provider should I choose? Gainward
seems to be pricey but they are making a great equipment (tho I have no clue about noise levels there)
The other thing is that I don't know how ATI's R600
will affect the market and how good it will be and what sort of price will it get. That's why I'm waiting a bit longer with building my PC instead of doing it now.
=========DDR2 - 2GB
This is the point where I'm looking for the best advice from You guys - what should I aim for? If I'm not a professional overclocker but I want a good, stable and reliable memory which one should I choose? Asus motherboards are very sensitive in that case and I think I should get OCZ
, 2GB should be enough, but how much should I spend? The lowest possible timings, I know that much, but is there actually any big difference in frequency? 6400 or 8500 ? pls help me with that. OCZ with water/passive cooling?
============================PSU - Antec Truepower Trio TP3-650
Efficient, quiet, stable, not too pricey and I think that it will have enough power for now and future (at least for me)
===================================HDD - Samsung Spinpoint T166 HD501LJ 500GB
Fast, big, low noise levels, faster performance than raptor which was a big surprise.
The rest (including case) is a secondary target.. but I will try to get as quiet, cheap and as cool case as possible, jeantech phong 2
seems to have all of these, but maybe I will spend some more money and get one of Antec's P180
The last thing is a screen.. Tough one as well. And actually can anyone recommend anything? I'm still confused if I should get TFT 19 or should go for widescreen.. tbh I would like to have a good screen for movies and modern games in 1600 res but to be even more honest I play some older games and I'm playing CS 1.6 a lot. Call me a newbie, but i have no idea how the normal resolutions like 640 or 800 works on widescreen.. is it stretched or it shows the picture in normal "squarealike" ratio ? Because of that issue I'm still considering normal 19TFT rather than widescreen. Any suggestions?
Sorry for a very long post but at least I clarified myself as much as I could :]
Big Thx and hugs for any help, suggestions and opinions about the stuff above.