College student here kinda on a budget looking to spend about 1600-1800 on a solid and somewhat future proof gaming computer since all i do is homework and game on the pc no console gaming for me haha. Somewhat new to the whole building thing built my first pc 3-4 years ago so my current rig is a bit out dated. Here is what i was thinking about getting.
would switching to either one of these other mobo's be better perf/price then the Maxiumus 3? i plan on OC"ing my CPU and with these i know they don't come with a sound card like the maximus 3 does so just curious to know how the stock sound does. Thanks again everyone and hope to see positive feedback haha.
^ That is a good setup...but like you said you can get better price/ performance ratio with cheaper mobos(cheaper than that Rampage)...
I would suggest this mobo over those...
Supports even upcoming CPUs and USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM- Personally I'd go with tight timing 7-7-7-21 Ripjaws @ 1333 for ease of OCing, but if you want get really high OC's then you're better off with the previously suggested ones. So figure ~$100 for RAM.
Leaves your ~$150 In your budget for keyboard, mouse and CD drive. Honestly, drive wise anything from Sony, LG, or Liteon that's SATA will be fine. These days you use it to install OS and drivers and games, and that's about it. I use digital DL for games so yea, probably use that thing 3x a year after initial setup.
I also wouldn't Crossfire the 58xx yet. You won't need that much firepower yet, and the prices will come down significantly once nVidia puts out their new cards or people stop buying all of them in hours.
The addition of an SSD isn't for higher FPS, but in terms of performance its an order of magnitude better than traditional drives in most benchmarks. Not the measly 2-4% difference ppl will argue tons about.
An X-25M G2 is nearly 10,000% faster than a Velociraptor. That's like Pentium 2 vs an i7 level of difference.
The difference is in load times, boot times, and overall "feel" of fast response from the system.
I have an i7 rig using the F3 as a boot drive i don't use anymore. Technically the system is better than the i5 one I have now, but after getting used to the SSD every time I use the i7 system it's so slow I feel like there's something wrong.
Examples- boot time, SSD i5 system ~50 seconds from when I turn on power to when I'm gaming.
i7 ~3 minutes.
Dragon Age origins- ~3 sec load on SSD, ~8 sec load on F3.
Wow- load depends on where I load lol, but the SSD is about 3X faster.
I have photoshop, firefox, everest and word launch automatically at startup now. Doesn't increase boot time at all compared to waiting for desktop to load and just opening photo shop. Honestly you can open 30 apps at the same time and it'll load all of em simultaneously instead of 1 after the other.
so yea. SSD might not increase your FPS, but it makes you system overall boot and load a lot faster, feel more responsive and does your laundry and dishes.
Ok not, the last part but like I said, once you get used to a SSD, using any system w/o one just feels like its broken.
Well if he has the budget, then yes, the difference in feel is totally worth it.
Boot times aren't on a clean system. It's from when I press the power button, ie including the POST time, to when I'm playing WOW. In the process it includes loading Everest, Speedfan, CCC, Fraps, AVG, Threatfire, Riva Tuner, Word, Photoshop, firefox, itunes, steam, and a buncha other stuff I'm not remembering.
Obviously I won't recommend someone on a tight budget to get a SSD, but if you're spending $1800 on a system, then it's totally worth it.
The advantage is more than a few secs off boot times, it's the responsiveness of the system. A great example is driving around in a Ferrari vs a Camry. Sure driving around the block the Ferrari will only be a few seconds faster, and both will do turns and get you back, but the Ferrari is gonna feel a lot more responsive, turn tighter and accelerate faster.
In the same sense, the Ferrari is a lot more than the Camry, but is it worth it? If you have a $80,000 budget, might as well get the Ferrari right?
Cool thanks for the prompt replies everyone. Well i'm in no hurry for Crossfire seeing as the HD5870 is still 400+ dollars. But Crossfire is definetly in the plans for the future. Umm SSD not really caring for since the 3% faster load times isn't much of a problem for me. Well heres what i have now and it significantly dropped my price down which was a huge plus for me haha.