System Usage: Bioshock Inf, BF3, MW3, COD's, Champions of Regnum, Sony Vegas HD Movie Studio, HD PVR's
Are you buying a monitor: Yes... In the list above, I picked it for reference. It will most likely be store bought.
Parts Preferences: Not really. No issues with i5-2500K barebones rig from Tigerdirect I got 6 months ago. I play Bioshock Inf, my son plays MW3 and records HD from his PS3 through the PVR: Not sure about frame rates on the games. To our eyes, its smooth. ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset LGA Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz Unlocked LGA1155 CPU Kingston 8GB 1600MHz 10-10-10 DDR3 HyperX Red EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB GDDR5 PCIe Seagate 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/64MB/SATA-6G Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD 1080p Capture Card Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System
Overclocking: I guess it depends on the price/performance value for this rig. With the higher end CPU I picked, I figured it will outperform the 2500K already.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future. Not at this point. I've heard about some pain in the ars issues some people run into.
For a GAMING rig...you NEED a better card than that 650 1 gb...
All the best Brett
The 650 is what we currently have... It plays well at this point.
Sony Vegas renders the vids fairly quickly and without any burps. There are times where it may not play in the preview window properly, stutters a bit.
I will upgrade as needed in the future. Thanks!
Since you re looking for best price/perf ratio, just get a 650ti boost 2GB.
This one has a little o/c also and costs $169.
Ill Check out the 650ti boost 2gb. A quick look at a benchmark showed quite a difference between the 1gb and the 2gb.