The wifey wants me to get a 3rd PC so we can all play games with our eldest son
She also wants a better rig as she is excited to play the elder scrolls online
Esentially I am going to build myself a new one, she will have mine (or most of) and he can have hers
although it is getting on a bit so may need at least a GPU upgrade fr some of the more modern games.
My current rig
MOBO: ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 MOTHERBOARD
Processor: AMD PHENOM II QUAD CORE 955 AM3
Ram: G.SKILL RIPJAW 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3
HD: 1x300gb Velociraptor 1 x 500gb WD Caviar Blue 1 x 2tb WD Caviar Green
PSU: OCZ MODXSTREAM PRO 700W SILENT S
CASE: Antec 900
Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9900-LED DUAL FLOWER
GPU: SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 5770 VAPOR-X 1GB
Sound: M-Audio Delta 10/10 LT
Gaming wise it plays pretty much everything really well, gets a little bit jerky around water and lots of spell effects in skyrim but then it IS on the highest settings and doesn't need to be.
This rig essentually would be great for her, minus the sound card which I am definitly going to be keeping.
I use my PC for audio production, DJing, Excel programming, Databases and Gaming, hers will be gaming and facebook - so maybe the above rig is a little bit overkill.
Essentially the two most important things for my Rig is the DJing and Gaming.
I've always been a bit of an AMD fan, but do appreciate at the high end intel are usually better, but you pay quite a bit more for them.
Also if I keep on with AMD there MOBO's are usually backwards compatible, so if I upgraded in the future it would be easy to do it in bits and pass the benefits on to my other PC's
What I am trying to decide between is, do I build myself an i7 rig or not?
Assuming I go the AMD route, What should I buy?
Is there a site where you can put specifactions of certain elements in?
CASE: I'm going to need a new case to house everything in.. I love the antec 900, it's not too big, has a great design, and keeps everything really cool. I like black cases and blue lights, as well as the top side USB ports. My 2 main issues with it is, the drive bays, it is not easy to slide new drives in and out, i'd like hot swap drive bays that faced out, and maybe just a little bit more space to tie up the wiring. - I have looked around but can't find anything that has this
I was thining about this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-023-NX&campaign=pcm/googleshopping/PUP_Cases/NZXT/CA-023-NX&pup_c=gs
Processor: AMD FX 8-CORE (FX-8150) seems quite good for the price
http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=FD8150FRGUBOX - £148 however has been out for a while now and I am sure there are better ones. There seems to be a lot in the PILEDRIVER series - I've read up on many sites and I don't know what people benchmark against but everyone gets different results, sometimes i5's are better, sometimes the bulldozer work best, sometimes they are on par with the low end i7's - all in all it is very confuing and I am not sure what to get
Motherboard: now it would be good if I could get a mobo/processor/ram in some sort of bundle... a while ago someone advised I get this mobo: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX - the R2.0 is now out but I was wondering if there was anything else better out. I want to stick with ASUS, and if I am honest the Sabertooth looks great for the money.
Can be found here: http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.aspx?pn=90-MIBJA0-G0EAY0VZ £139.15 Free Delivery
or here: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/amdam3plus990fxchipset/90-mibja0-g0eay0vz.html 139.99 free devlivery and lifetime support
Can't find a bundle with that motherboard though.
I have found these bundles - what do you think? - which give the best performance per pound spent?
This is insane, and I don't think i can really justify spending this much money but I would love it: Workstation PRO X79 Intel Core i7 3930K 3.20GHz DDR3 Bundle - 32GB http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-064-OP&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= £1200
Super Nova X79 OVERDRIVE Intel Core i7 3820 3.60GHz @ 4.20GHz DDR3 Overclocked Bundle: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-148-OE&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= £564
- this is a more acceptable price range
"Krypton Z77 OVERDRIVE" Intel Core i7 2700K 3.50GHz @ 4.20GHz DDR3 Overclocked Bundle: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-142-OE&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= £436
Oh, I found a sabertooth bundle afterall
AMD "Ultimate Constructor" Bundle - Eight Core: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-083-OP&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= £330
Krypton TURBO AMD Piledriver FX-4 4300 3.80GHz @ 4.20GHz DDR3 Overclocked Bundle: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-109-OE&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= £300
Krypton Crosshair 800a AMD Bulldozer FX-6 6300 3.50GHz @ 4.20GHz DDR3 Overclocked Bundle: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-086-OE&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= £400
or do you know of any other bundles that would be worth gettng?
I have been looking at them on here: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=43&catid=&sortby=priceDesc&categoryid=2384 - there are lots to choose from and just picked a few out due to price/being on offer
Perhaps it would be better to get the mrs a cheaper bundle and do some minor upgrades myself rather than a complete system overhuall?
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-189-OK&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= then a GPU on top?
or http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-136-OE&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat= - I wonder how good the onboard graphics are? Probably need a decent GPU really
this is a very cheap option: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-129-OE&groupid=43&catid=2384&subcat=
Krypton Crosshair 800a AMD Bulldozer FX-6 6300 3.50GHz @ 4.20GHz DDR3 Overclocked Bundle
If none of those bundles seem worth it then I guess I need to keep looking
I've also been thinking about a solid state hard drive for windows and my audio software...
Any help you guys can offer would be great