Shinimas, on 24 June 2013 - 05:38 PM, said:
I'd honestly ditch the optical drive, unless you think you actually need it. I don't know about you, but I've not used mine for about two years now. You can find all drivers online and if you're buying it with a pre-installed OS, well, that even means you don't need to go through a (very minor) hassle of creating a boot USB stick.
i5 4670 is better than i5 3570, but by not very much. AT ALL. Plus you really don't need a killer CPU to do gaming and i5 3570K is extremely powerful still. Just something to consider.
That Asus motherboard is considered to be a bit better than that particular Gigabyte model, but both will do for mild overclocking.
You didn't mention the manufacturer of that 650w PSU. DO NOT try to save money on a PSU, if it fails it might take your whole machine with it. Sure, it's the worst case scenario, but you must take that into account. Take a PSU that's at least 80+ certified, the higher the certificate the better. Might want to take a loot at Corsair CX or GS series, they're nice budget PSUs.
By the way, if you're on a budget you might consider going for an AMD CPU. It's considered to be worse for gaming than current/last generation Intel chips, but it's still going to pass with flying colors. It's a bit more power hungry, but a 600-650w PSU will be able to handle it easily, as well as a beef video card, even if you're overclocking.
I'd try and squeeze a bit more money for a better video card. GTX 660 (which manufacturer, by the way? Reference model?) is by no means bad, but it might be starting to age just a little bit. If you can grab yourself something like an HD 7950 that'd be great. If not, I'd recommend an HD 7870 over GTX 660. It's similarly priced, but it's actually a more powerful card, especially with all the new drivers.
However, out of those two, if they're the same price, I'd go for the first one, because it's the new socket and you have an aftermarket cooler, which is always better than the standard box one. However, a 550w PSU might make it a bit difficult to upgrade to a beefy video card later on. If the second machine is cheaper, I'd go for the second one.
Thanks for the reply guys. I was actually trying to find more about the GTX 660 and the HD 7870 before I put those machines together, but from what I could see they were very similar in performace but the 660 being cheaper, buy you would definantly recommend going for the 7870 over the 660 though? I think i'll go that route if it is the better option, and also would the 550 Corsair PSU be ok with the 7870 or should I up to 650? Those two machines with the 7870 only have a £7 difference also, which makes me lean towards the first option.
Thanks again for the help, much appreciated.
Edited by Luke, 27 June 2013 - 12:00 AM.