I'm building a new PC, I anticipate replacing the entire thing in ~4 years. I don't need to overclock (does anyone really?) and I'd like to be able to game any games out there now on high quality without worrying about overheating, or other problems.
I'd really appreciate input on specific components which aren't good bang for buck, or for which there is a better choice.
Proposed specs: CPU - Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz (Nehalem) (Socket LGA1156) Motherboard - Asus P7P55D Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard RAM - Crucial Ballistix 4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 GPU - HIS ATI Radeon HD 5830 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card *Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Edition* HD1 - OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive HD2 - Samsung SpinPoint F1 750GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM
Speakers, keyboard, mouse, case and disk drives will be rescued from old PC
I'll install Windows 7 on the SSD, and ghost it to a partition on the HD.
ATI Radeon HD 5830 1024MB is last year, the 5850 should your entry target. You can get the Asus 5870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card Core: 850MHz, Memory: 1024MB 4800MHz GDDR5, DirectX 11 for £320.00
DDR2 with a SSD, no. Go for 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit at £99.00 or less. Perhaps consider 6GB as modern games will work on Win 7 x64.