I have decided to build myself a gaming pc. This is my first home built system so I am completely open to any and all advice available. My goal right now is to be able to play Crysis on very high settings. My maximum budget is $1500 but I would be perfectly happy spending less.
So far the components I have chosen are as follows:
Case: XCLIO A380BK Fully Black High Gloss Finish SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail --$109.99
Power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail --$99.99
The total for this setup on newegg.com with Vista and an optical drive is 1,335.92.
How does the GTX 260 compare to the 280. At first I was looking at: XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition until I realized that the 280 was only $45 more. Why is the price so close? Is there something I'm missing here?
Also, is my power supply large enough?
Do ram speeds make any difference? Would I notice any performance difference if I selected faster ddr2 or ddr3 speeds?
Another issue is that I'm currently on a military deployment. I Don't intend to start building it until I get home in two months. I can order everything while I'm here and have it sent home but how much will technology progress in two months? Would it be better to wait until I get home and get the components cheaper or newer parts?
I'd skip the velociRaptor and evga card. You can cut the budget for both those items by half. By the time you build, ddr3 and the x58 boards may come down in price, allowing you to build a core i7 system. Fry's had the core i7 920 for $229 in their weekend ad.