Hi, good to see this place is still running after I went here for help on my new build at the time - three years ago.
Because my current pc is getting a bit lazy and there are all sorts of things wrong with it, I'm looking to upgrade. The pc should be optimised for the following tasks:
- Gaming in 1920x1200
- Photo editing (Photoshop CS, 21 megapixel RAW files)
- Occasional video editing (1080p)
I am not planning to overclock and I'm only planning to be using two fans - one front fan and a rear PSU fan. As such, I don't want my stuff running TOO hot, and I don't want my fans running TOO loud. I suppose you can't have both - but I'd rather have it silent than cool.
The budget is flexible. The build below is 751 euros but does not include a case and peripherals like an optical drive. I could put in some more but only if it's really worth it.
So here's what I had in mind. I'm currently running an Intel platform with a Nvidia graphics card, so I'm looking to change it around a bit!
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 (AM3)
- 154 euros
Going by benchmarks, I found this processor to top any other processor - AMD or Intel - for the money.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4
- 107 euros
Torn between this one and its cheaper 770 sibling, but I read that the 790 chipset is worth the price difference.
Memory: Corsair XMS3 6 GB Triple Channel DDR3-12800
I want my memory to be future proof, and DDR3 seems the way to go. I don't need
6 GB but this seems like a pretty good deal.
Graphics card: Club3D HD5850 1 GB
- 243 euros
The HD5850 seems to be the best bang for buck card on the planet as we speak. I don't intend on running Crossfire so I think this one will be adequate. However, it'll need to run games on 1920x1200 so I guess I will need memory.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1 TB
- 60 euros
Not too fussed about a hard drive. I don't RAID or require anything else but good speed. I don't even need 1 TB - but at this price you seem to get the extra space for free.
- 67 euros
I believe these are really stable things. I guess 350 to 400 Watt will be enough but again, if that saves me only a fiver I don't really see the point.
Can anyone recommend me a good case to go with it? I want it to have good dampening, have space for a 120mm front fan and I want it to look discreet. I'll only ever use one hard drive and one optical drive. It will have to hold an extra sound card though.
Comments greatly appreciated.