My current PC is from 2008, which, while not the oldest around here, puts it squarely into grandpa territory. Recently my HD3870 decided to shed a inductor
. The replacement 8800GTX I got from my IT department does the job, but I had to bake it twice already and it's heatsink is just terribly terribly undersized. The card doesn't even clock down on desktop - I'm perplexed how nVidia got away with that...
So I jumped the gun, ate my own words (sorry Steve, I know I spit big words about not wanting to buy one in your summary thread), and ordered a MSI 960GTX Gaming yesterday.
Now I might as well get the remainder updated as well (Abit P35, E8300 Core 2 Duo).
Purpose of the PC is basically everything. Media centre (I swivel my 27 incher closer to the couch), work (webinars, podcasts, screencasts) and gaming (mostly Dota2, probably Witcher 3 and Dragon Age 3, but I don't mind turning down the details on my 1440p screen).
Parts I have:
* MSI 960 GTX
* Fractal Design R3 with the bloody HDD cage removed
* 3 S-Flexes 1200 or 1600rpm version (not quite sure anymore)
* Enermax Pro82+ 385W - annoying fan replaced with an AC F12
* 128GB Crucial M4
* M-audio C400 audio USB interace for my SM57 microphone
My thoughts were
(a) to go mITX in case I want to move to a smaller case at some point
(b) Get a Devil's Canyon processor for the better TIM - alas that's only the high-end model
(c) Since I'm aiming at a K-processor I might as well go Z97
(d) I need Wifi on the motherboard
So far the parts I picked are as followshttp://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/fZkmHxPCPartPicker part list
/ Price breakdown by merchantCPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
(£174.90 @ Amazon UK) CPU Cooler: Scythe Kotetsu 79.0 CFM CPU Cooler
(£35.27 @ Amazon UK) Motherboard: Asus Z97I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
(£119.01 @ Amazon UK) Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
(£47.85 @ Amazon UK) Total:
Will I notice (b) though? If I don't go for a Devil's Canyon processor I might as well drop the Z97 board. However, I'm a bit rusty on which boards are decent for fans and have Wifi - help!
Should I replace my PSU? It's not the most amazing unit, but it still works and supplies ample power for the intended build. Are the deep Haswell sleep states important to the overall power consumption? My guess is the savings probably won't amortise the cost of a new PSU.
Does RAM matter as long as it conforms to the 1.5V standard? I picked a branded 1600er version without headspreaders.
Thanks a bunch!