Hey guys this is my first post, I figured I'd post here because mbb is an excellent resource for local computer issues
I have a budget of ~R7000 to build myself a new PC for next year. This PC will primarily be used for work/studies but I'd love to be able to game on it as well so I'm obviously going to squeeze as much out of the budget as I can :P
Ive already looked around quite a bit but tbh I'm at a loss over what to buy. Id really like some opinions one what some of the recent 'gems' are in terms of value for money. Ive already looked at the following threads:
The Radeon HD5750 is sounding like a good card but is it possibly a bit overkill considering what the PC will be used for? To put this in perspective, atm I'm running 2x GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256mb cards in SLI, which is fine for my purposes, how does the Radeon compare?
EDIT: Im studying CompSci so its highly likely that I'll end up setting up a linux partition, in which case it would be MUCH better to get an NVIDIA card due to poor driver support from ATI. Ive heard that Radeon cards are better value for money atm but im not sure if this is true, any ideas what the equivalent GeForce card would be?
Hard-disk space is also really an issue so im probably going for a 1TB, the lowest price that I have found is R820 from pcint (specs further down).
Its quite a bummer having to use some of the cash for stuff like a case and screen (I have nothing, I need to get them new). Before this gets too long il post a possible setup:
Cooler Master RC-360 Elite 360 Mid Tower Chassis - Black - No PSU (R294 sybaritic)
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR Power Supply - 500W (R542.00 sybaritic)
HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E DUAL DVI-I / TVO - Asus R (R1366.86 pcint)
Kingston DDR2-667 2GB Memory Module (R473 sybaritic, 'red hot') x2
AMD Phenom II X2 545 3.0GHz AM3, 512k L2, 6MB L3 (R997.00 sybaritic)
Asus M2N68-AM SE2 , all-in-one ; socket AM2/AM2+/AM3 , nvidia GeForce7025PV + nForce630a chipset, 2x dual channel DDR2-1066/800/667 , 2 x s-ata with raid 0/1 , 1 x parallel ata133 , on-board 256mb UMA vga with + ALC662 5.1 audio + 10/100 lan ; 1x pci-e (R495.00 sybaritic)
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA300 32MB 7200RPM Hard Drive (R863 sybaritic, 'red hot')
LG GH22LS40 48xCD-R / 32xCD-RW / 48xCD / 16xDVD / 22xDVD+\-R / 16xDVD+R DL / 12xDVD-R DL / 8xDVD+RW / 6xDVD-RW / 12xDVD-RAM LightScribe SATA Combo Drive (R216 sybaritic, 'red hot')
LG 19" L1942S 300cdm 8000:1 5ms LCD Monitor (R1,337.00 sybaritic)
Dont really care, Il get something cheap ~R150 total
Il probably have to bring this down by
- Getting a cheaper screen (but im so used to my current 19" :'(
- Settling for 2GB of RAM
- Getting a cheaper GFX card that performs well anyway
- Getting advice here