So basically I have posted a few times with multiple specs and have learned a lot about what is good and I feel a lot more confident in my ability and understanding of building a decent rig.
The spec I have managed to dwindle it down to is this:
PCS MAELSTROM T900 BLACK GAMING CASE (£59)
AMD PHENOM II X4 955 (3.20GHz/8MB CACHE/AM3) - BLACK EDITION
ASUS® M4N98TD EVO: DDR3, 2-Way SLI, SATA 3.0GB/s
4GB SAMSUNG DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)
1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX465 GDDR5 PCI EXPRESS - DirectX® 11
FREE MAFIA II Game (RRP: £34.99) with a qualifying GTX 4xx Series GPU!
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB WD CAVIAR GREEN WD10EARS, SATA 3 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)
Power Supply & Case Cooling
CORSAIR 650W PSU (TX650) 80+ ULTRA QUIET (£76)
STANDARD AMD CPU COOLER
ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
FREE Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Limited functionality Word & Excel)
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Standard Build - Approximately 9 to 12 working days
Price: £780.00 including VAT and delivery.
Now I have nothing against this spec and it's looking like it is going to win me over and it is probably what I will be buying.
However, I have been looking at other configurations to see where I could save some money to improve one bit or take out something unnecessary. The bit that keeps getting to me is graphics cards. I have had people telling me what graphics card I should get or shouldn't get, but it hasn't really helped me understand why I should get said graphics card when I can get a cheaper graphics card that to me seems to be of equal power.
The graphics card in question is the Nvidia GTX465 which I have chosen on the above spec. Now I don't know the difference between one graphics card and another very well, hell I can't even tell the difference between ATI and Nvidia they're both the same to me.
Thing is I seem to be able to save myself a lot of money by having an ATI card rather than an Nvidia card. The amount of money I can save is like £70!
People have told me that the amount of cores that the graphics card has is a good way to tell it's worth. which is why many people have said that the Nvidia GTX465 is better than the GTX460 which I understand fully appreciate. Looking at the details of the following 2 ATI cards it seems to me that they have more cores, now I could be wrong because the Nvidia details says "CUDA cores" and I have no knowledge of the difference if there is any. So help would be appreciated.
This is what I'm struggling to understand:
Price with an Nvidia GTX465: £780
Price with an ATI 5770: £711
Price with an ATI 5830: £762
would having any of these ATI cards really be such a downgrade to the 465? I have no problem buying the 465, but if there is a way of saving any money at all without sacrificing a huge amount of performance then in my books the saving of money would outweigh the loss of performance (the exact ratio as to which this is acceptable I do not know but with any responses I will be able to better figure this out).
Saving that money would actually better allow me to get a second graphics card in the future and also upgrade something else in the spec. Or for only £1 more I could have 2x ATI 5750, which is a lower model than the previous 2 cards I talked about but surely two of those cards would out perform 1x Nvidia 465?
Any light shed on this would be much appreciated because I would really like to be buying my new rig very soon but I want to be 100% sure that I'm getting The most for my money and still receiving exactly what I want.