on 06-07-2012 11:21 AM
on 06-07-2012 11:28 AM
For your CPU always go Intel. I can save you money already too by telling you not to bother with an i7 too unless you're doing lots of media encoding, an i5 3570K is enough for almost everyone. I'll have a look around at a build for you in a few mins.
Thanks for that James!
I've been tinkering around getting the components together and such and I keep hitting the £1000 mark which marks me cringe a little bit. Though, I think I could probably make savings on the CPU and GPU really as I may be going for things which are more than likely more powerful than what I want.
I did choose an i7 Ivy Bridge, but I am still shooting back and forth between AMD and Intel as well as AMD and Nvidia. From what I have gathered, AMD tends to be a little bit cheaper so I am not sure whether that would be something to look into.
GPU wise, I was looking at the GTX 580 at first, but again, I don't know if I am going for something that is made to support massive resolutions and monitors which is something I'm not interested in. Again, I wonder if going with AMD is worth it at this stage.
In general, I think the most costly components I have found have been the CPU and GPU as mentioned, the motherboard and RAM. I am trying to balance a couple of years future proof with price. Generally was looking to have SLi or Crossfire so that in the future, I may be able to use a second GPU. I think that is what they're for anyway.
Any advice on cutting down the cost?
If I could hit the £800 mark, that would be pretty neat or give or take £100.
06-07-2012 11:50 AM - edited 06-07-2012 11:51 AM
There are still places to cut cost here, like the SSD or the PSU but here's a quick build that I knocked together from a few different places
http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/buce for some bits
and these bits from eBuyer
See what you think. As I said, you can save money with either no SSD or a smaller one, or going for a non-modular PSU for example.
Come out at £930 in total inc. a copy of Windows 7 for the PC, if you've got Quidco or TopCashBack you'll probably make some of that money back too.
06-07-2012 01:06 PM - edited 06-07-2012 01:17 PM
That's a pretty decent price for all the internals you got in there. Regarding the PC Part Picker link, I noticed there were two hard drives. The SSD and the internal hard drive. Is it recommend to have an internal when thinking about having an SSD?
06-07-2012 01:52 PM - edited 06-07-2012 01:54 PM
Quite a lot of bundles on that site. I also noticed that they have HL2 complimentary. I hope that means they will release HL2 for free, like they did with Portal 1. EDIT: Looking into it, it seems you get a free copy with a purchase of something.
Where did that come from?
on 06-07-2012 02:44 PM
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