I guess the biggest concerns I have are these. Is the ram that I selected a solid choice for my system and is the graphics card I chose overkill? I know older cards can play aion well but stutter when things start getting hectic on the screen. I know mmo's need a fast cpu to help with the fps and I eventually plan on getting a cpu cooler and overclocking the i5 to 3.5 but I want to run it stock for a couple of monts to really appreciate the overclock when I do it.
The other card I was looking at was the 5770, it costs 100 bucks less on newegg, BUT, they don't have a free power supply option in a bundle for it at the moment. So with the 5850 I'm saving 70 bucks cuz it comes with a free powersupply! I guess that makes the 5770 only 50 bucks cheaper than the 5850 because its best power supply bundle is just 20 bucks off instead of the psu being free. So for a 50 dollar difference is it worth jumping up to a 5850?
Also, would i see significant performance increaces if i went the other way and snagged a 5870? I want to get an ATI card because their 5k line has really good price points.
Would booting the game from a 10k rpm hard drive increace game performance or just load/start up times as i login?
Oh and I plan on building this computer within 2 months time so I can sit and stew over parts while hopefully prices drop FAST!
OH! and my screen will be a Samsung Syncmaster 2243 21.5 screen (thank you spare parts around the house!). For that native resolution is it worth getting the nicer 58xx card line? I'm not really sure about how buff a gpu should be to pump games out on that high res without choppyness.
Other games i'm interested in playing are Fallout 3, Diablo 2, Diablo 3, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Baldur's Gate 1-2 L4D 2, Mass Effect 2, and I want to be set with this build when Visions comes out.
So yea, thanks for your time in advance and I'll be checking this thread often!
The GPU is overkill, but I'd keep it if you ever want to use Eyefinity or play other games. Do NOT consider it because of the free PSU. After all, you get what you pay for. Thermaltake doesn't make very good PSUs. I highly recommend you get another one for the actual build and sell that one. I recommend the OCZ StealthXStream 700W for $55 after rebate.
You could drop to an AMD build and get a 5870. I don't think it's worth it for your uses.
No. That HDD is actually crap anyway. Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for $55.
You should sit and wait. I doubt prices will drop significantly, but it certainly can't hurt. If you see a good deal on a case or quality PSU, get it then.
So here are part specific suggestions:
PSU: Don't use that Thermaltake. Get an OCZ StealthXStream 700W for a very cheap price. Or get a Corsair, Antec Earthwatts, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling or FSP. All of these are much better choices than that free unit.
Mobo: You're spending a little too much on it. Get an Asus P7P55D-E Pro for $190. It saves you some money and give you USB 3/SATA III support for future proofing.
HDD: WD sucks right now. Grab a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB. It's faster than the VelociRaptors at 1/3 of the price.
RAM: Might want to spend the extra little bit and get CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws.