Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I settle on a build Budget Range: $2500 After shipping / rebates / not including owned parts System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / AutoCAD / Remote Desktop to work Are you buying a monitor: No Parts to Upgrade: Everything needed save the parts listed above Do you need to buy OS: Yes Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (but if price difference is that drastic willing to buy from elsewhere) Location: Central Valley, California Parts Preferences:
1. Intel CPU Ivy Bridge, preferably 6 core (don't want to upgrade for a long time)
2. Motherboard with SLI Capability ( is SLI more stable the Crossfire?)
3. Samsung SSD 500GB max (I hear games run faster with SSD and safer storage)
4. Backup memory 1TB - 3TB
5. Good graphics card(s) that will last for at least 5 years worth of game development. If it comes with a free game all the better. I play some RPG / ARPG
6. Blue parts / Blue LEDs
7. Windows 8.1 for Motherboard / CPU optimization (i guess its better?)
8. Need to read Blue ray and burn CD's Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Your Monitor Resolution: Playing on a 42" Flat Screen 780p TV and I plan on upgrading to either Eyefinity (3 monitors) or a Bigger Flat screen 1080p HD sometime in 2014 Additional Comments: Quiet PC is a plus, I believe I can adjust my fans on the H80i to run quieter and if I'm not OC the CPU cooling should be more than enough even at slow RPM. Right?
I read a bit about the Corsair Link and I think the power supply and the H80i give me lots of control over the system. I would like this computer to last so good support / warranty on parts is very important IMHO.
Thank you for any help with this project! I am super excited about placing the order.
6 core processor with hyper-threading for fast CAD work.
16gb of ram should be enough, but you can always add more later.
GTX 780 ti max out anything at 1080p.
I think LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer does Blue Rays as well. Not exactly sure if it would fit in my case, or if there are many alternatives. I think I would like to have the option to read Blue Ray discs. I occasionally run across a Blue Ray movie and it's annoying when I can't watch it.
In regards to the Motherboard:
If I use an OEM Windows 8.1 then I have to purchase a new OS if I ever upgrade the MB. Reviews are hard to base my judgements on. How is ASrocks support / RMA process? Would ASUS or GIGABYTE be better in terms of quick turn around on support issues / replacements? I've only dealt with ASUS products in the past