Hey guys. I've been playing around with builds to suit my gaming needs. This is what I have come up with. It is around a £850 budget and this costs £846. If you have any recommendations for better parts around that budget, feel free. Case PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE CPU Intel® Core™i5-2500 Quad Core (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics Motherboard ASUS® P8P67: USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, CrossFireX™ SUPPORT RAM 4GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB) Graphics Card 1GB AMD RADEON™ HD6850 - 2 DVI,HDMI,mDP - DirectX® 11, Eyefinity 3 Capable HDD 640GB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD6402AAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm) Power Supply CORSAIR 750W TX SERIES (TX750) 80+ ULTRA QUIET PSU Processor Cooling INTEL SOCKET LGA1155/1156 STANDARD CPU COOLER As my motherboard supports CrossFire, would it be worth getting another HD 6850 card in the future?
A couple thoughts, opinions. I built a computer a couple years ago and teamed a Corsair 1000w power supply with a lowly HD 4830. Yeah, a lot of people on here would have told me to invest the money else-where but I have no regrets whatsoever. Since then, I've gone through 4 different cards and thanks to my large power supply and I had ran 2x HD 5870 in X-fire for a while. These day's, I don't know if I'd go under 650w because you never know if you're going to upgrade to a power hungry card from the next generation. 750w is good for that 100w overhead that's recommended.
You do know the Core i5 2500 has a locked multiplier.... The 2500k doesn't! If you ever think you may overclock in the future then get the 2500k. You don't need a fancy cooler unless you do intend to overclock.
The other thing I'd like to point out is the HDD. The SATA3 6.0gps drives aren't much faster than a SATA2 drive. If you look up the benchmarks you'll see the average seq speed of that drive is around 125mbps. That's pretty good for a single drive. It's funny that the price of this drive is the same as the WD Black 640gb SATA2 and maybe a small touch faster.
If you ever plan to run a RAID setup on your hard drives, you'll want the WD RE3 drives or a Samsung F3 drive.