I have been going through your forum for quiet some time, and i find it very informative and addictive. I am planning to build a new game rig from scratch, almost after 4 years since i left gaming. Missed out on a lot it seems.
The rig that i have planned to build is,
CPU : Core i5 3570K Processor $275 MOB : ASRock Z77 Pro 3 Motherboard $128.52 OR ASRock Z77 Pro 4 Motherboard $156.72 GPU : Sapphire AMD/ATI VAPOR-X HD 7950 OC with Boost 3 GB $441.42 RAM : G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) $70.37 SSD : Samsung 840 Series 120 GB $116.53 CSE : Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Mid Tower Cabinet $77 DIS : Dell 21.5 inch LED - S2240L $200
It is going over my budget, but the performance i am looking for, i cant seem to manage with anything else. My target is to game maxed out @1920x1080 with 4xAA with playable frame rates of at least in the 40-50 range.
What do you say, guys, should I go ahead with this or would you suggest something else ?
Thanks for picking out the parts for me. Initially I had though of going the AMD way, but from the benchmarks, i saw that AMD was lagging behind. It was saddening, I really liked the earlier gen Phenoms. Then somebody in the forums, posted that AMD was pulling out of the dekstop CPU market. And all my focus shifted to ivy's.