NeilBlanchard wrote:Hello & welcome to SPCR!
You don't say what your budget is? Or, are you just looking to be as inexpensive as possible?
Hi Neil, thanks for the welcome. Sorry I didn't mention the budget: it's about Â£800. It's possibly more mid-range, but then I don't feel under any pressure to spend it all
jackylman wrote:A WD 2500KS or Samsung SP2504 would be good choices here.
Thanks, those look perfect!
jackylman wrote:A Gigabyte 7600GS (passively-cooled) shouldn't have any trouble handling HL2 or doing multi-monitor. Not sure about the other game, but I'm guessing it'll have no problem there either.
It was released in 2004
, so it can probably be considered about equivalent in terms of stress it will place on the card.
Chocolinx wrote:For the video cards, you might want to try to on-board graphics to see if you games will play. Intel 950 graphics usually run okay on Warcraft III. But the ones I listed are the cheapest you'll find brand new, since they don't really make anything lower than those.
Thanks - my only concern is that most of those cards I've found for sale use system memory to boost their own memory. I'll have a look at some reviews and see if it's likely to be a problem with my usage (likely not, but that sort of thing always makes me wary).
Chocolinx wrote:The Case, well that one I just like how it looks lol. And it fits micro sized boards. comes with a 300W sometimes but might want to swap that out or just leave it till it dies out on you.
This doesn't seem to be widely available in the UK - and when it is, it costs about as much
as an Antec Solo
, which I know is well regarded.
Obviously I'll need a PSU to go with that - the S12-380 seems to have been recommended several times on this site.
jackylman wrote:An X2 3600 would be even better here if anyone knows where to buy one.
Well, I've found one
, and it's (only?) Â£25 cheaper than the E6300
from the same store. I'm not quite sure whether you were saying it would be better because it was cheaper, or cooler?
Thanks very much everyone for your help so far!