I'm looking to start building a new pc from scratch, but what with the ever incresing graphic card market competition between retailers I just cannot choose any of the parts. So far i've managed to get a fairly decent 500w psu a 17" tft monitor and a maxtor 120gb hard disk. Another problem is that of my varying budget, currently im looking to spend anywhere between 400 and 800 pounds on a cpu a gpu a motherboard and a case that will allow for a hefty cooling system. I've also been very interested in the amd athlon64 x-2 3800 for around 220 pounds, and also would like decent pcie graphics as well. Help would be greatly appreciated.
I built a new PC just a couple of weeks ago and bought a MSI K8NSLI motherboard, AMD64 3500+ processor because the duals were a bit too dear but the board will take them, 2x 512mb RAM from Crucial and a MSI 6600GT PCIE graphics card, also bought 2x 80 GIG SATA drives and set up RAID striping. New case and PSU and used my old optical drives monitor etc. Total cost approx £550. And its fast, blisteringly so.
Made sure of a few things when I got it, must have SLI so that when it starts to struggle with games I can put in another graphics card instead of spending a fortune getting one of the latest ones, must be able to take dual core processors and must have SATA II.
If your budget is higher than mine then you can upgrade any of the above components.