Hi, I'm new here and was wondering if someone could give me some pointers of a budget build (hoping to spend no more than £400)
I'm looking for something that will play recent games (BF3, Skyrim, Shogun 2 kinda ballpark) at smooth framerates. I've only got a 19" monitor so i'm not too bothered about super HD resolutions (probably setting around 1600x1024)
as it stands i've been looking at the amd a8 3870k and a hd 6690 as from various reviews i've seen it seems like the best option for my budget
here's a list of the components (sorry for lack of links), bare in mind i have a screen, case, disk drive and 400-450W PSU (<---- will that be enough for crossfire?)
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE, AMD A55, S FM1, DDR3 2250, SATA II 3Gb/s, SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), Graphics On Board, mATX (is the only difference for the A75 boards USB 3.0 and SATA III?)
CPU: AMD A8-3870K Black Edition, S FM1, Lynx Core, Quad Core, 3.0GHz, GPU AMD Radeon HD 6550D 600MHz, 100W, Retail (i'll probably want to overclock this, would an extra CPU cooler be required for that?
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.65V
HDD: 500GB Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ (is this compatible with the motherboard [being SATA III]?)
GPU: 2GB MSI HD 6670, 1334MHz GDDR3, GPU 800MHz, 480 Cores, DL DVI-I/HDMI/D-Sub (I've seen some with 1GB GDDR5, which is better?)
This comes to £319.17 on Scan so + £70 or so for Windows 7 64bit i'm just about under my budget.
Any tips, pointers or suggestions would really help.