XtremeComputing Christmas Buying Guide
Posted by: Richi on: 06.12.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Well this is a hard one really, if you would of asked me a year ago I probably would of just laid down the Asus brand, but over the last year MSI and Gigabyte have made vast improvements to their range and offer some top quality motherboards, Be it for a stock PC or an enthusiast, Intel or AMD these two manufactures have come on leaps and bounds in the last year, especially with the overclocking options.
For those of you that are not tech minded and well would not attempt an overclock (even though you can build a PC) MSI makes a perfect choice with the bios overclock option found in the bios, not only does it work, it works really well. I personally think it is a little diamond feature as I now know more people running overclocked rigs that never would even attempted it.
Gigabyte have also made sure their boards have good stability when overclocking, so really my biased opinion points to MSI, but donít let that sway you, both these brands offer good quality motherboards now and are well worth the look.
For more info MSI Motherboards click here
For more info on Gigabyte Motherboards Click here
On the Graphics card front, I have no choice really to go with AMD and the 6000 series, not only have they bought the price down, but they have also took the power consumption down a bit too. They perform well and offer a very good bang for buck option. These would be followed by a Nvidia 460GTX which seems to be a good overclocker across the board, no matter which brand you buy.
For more info on the AMD 6000 series products click here
For more info on the Zotac 460 range click here
As for a regular hard drive, my hard earned money would be spent on a Western Digital and with SSD pushing the price of regular hard drives down there are some great drives to be had. For me the choice is a WD Caviar Green 2TB, price wise it is a great job and also offers slightly less power usage than some of the other 2TB on the market.
For more info on the WD Green Hard drives click here
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