I'd greatly appreciate any help. I'm very new to PC building myself and I'm helping out a friend with a £500 budget for a new PC which is capable of doing the Sims 3, Flight Simulator X and Google Sketchup at high settings. Not totally maxed out, but good enough to make the games look good and play at 40fps. So, I'm hoping someone in the HUKD community could advise me about which components I should configure.
I think that when browsing a barebones PC, I should check that the PSU has enough wattage to support a dedicated graphics card. I wondered if this would be a good choice:http://reviews.cnet.com/barebones-pcs/asus-v-series-v2/4505-11485_7-33304104.html?tag=rnav
or whether there are any better deals to go for. The asus one is priced £70-£80
I think it would be best to go for either a powerful Intel Core 2 Duo (sa E7400 2.8GHz) or weak Core 2 Quad (sa Q8200 2.33GHz). I was fishing on ebuyer and found this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152177
. Again, could I do better for the price? Or the same horsepower for less price? BTW, do they come with CPU fans and thermal paste or do you have to buy them separately?
Graphics cards wise, I've been eyeing 4670s on ebuyer at £54, but I think I could get something cheaper as the sims 3 and FSX aren't very needy compared to other games. I know you don't need much to run Sketchup. The deals on HUKD seem to expire very quickly, so for £30-£50, any suggestions? ATI or Nvidia is fine. Personally I prefer Nvidias naming scheme.
I've already got lined up:
£35 for 4GB of RAM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146049
£9 for 802.11g card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/132449
£40 for 500GB HDD http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228
£14 for DVD drive http://www.ebuyer.com/product/97527
£90 reserved for a 19" monitor
£20 reserved for mouse, keyboard and USB speakers
£50 reserved for Windows 7
So £242 left to spend on a barebones, CPU and graphics card. I'd really love your suggestions on how to configure this PC. I want to make it future proof to last a few years and be upgradable.
I'm also looking for components that won't keep running out of stock, even if it means paying a premium. Any other PC building advice for someone new to this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.