Hiya again folks @ OC.net
It's been nearly three years since the last time I posted here so it's about time contribute somehow...
The thing is, my sig rig is getting a bit old for these modern games and since (mid-end) hardware is pretty cheap these days, I'm thinking of assembling a new computer for mostly gaming purposes. This rig could certainly run new games on my old overclocks (FSB 377Mhz, multiplier x9, timings 4-4-4-12; GPU @ 621c/1512s/1008m) with some detail. Sadly though, my PSU is slowly but surely dieing so I had to drop all clocks back to normal due to recent instability issues :/
Anyways, the budget is 850-900â‚¬ (~$1300) and after carefully examining different i5/i7 rig possibilities I've come up with something like this:
CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Box 8192Kb, LGA1366 231.31 â‚¬ (~$344)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R, Intel X58, ATX, PCI-Express 156.87 â‚¬ (~$233)
MEM: 6GB-KIT G-Skill DDR3 PC1600, CL 9 131.57 â‚¬ (~$196)
GPU: XFX RADEON HD 5850 1GB DDR5 HDMI DISPLAYPORT PCI-E 2.0 220.36 â‚¬ (~$328)
PSU: Corsair 750HX, 750 Watt 118.95 â‚¬ (~$177)
Total: 859.06â‚¬ (~$1,280)
One thing that worries me in that list is the (un)availability of the new Radeons. My personal experience of G-Skill has not been very positive either as I've already had to return two pairs of DDR2 sticks due to bad sectors but since their DDR3 mems are constantly recommended again and again here, I'm willing to give them another go. I'll propably buy another 5850 for Crossfire later on next year if I feel the need for more power.
Oh, I was also told to build a new setup for my parents. They are not playing any modern games and need a preferrably quiet computer that'll last them through a couple of years. I'm going with something cheap yet efficient enough for them like Athlon II X4 620, Radeon 4870 512MB and 4gigs of DDR3 1333Mhz. Recommendations for that build would be appreciated aswell though I should propably create a separate topic for that in the AMD section...
I might not aim for maximum overclocks for that i7 build yet so unless someone can recommend a very good (and preferrably reasonably priced) cooler for that CPU I'll stick to the boxed one.
Any input will be very much appreciated as always!