Whats up ppl,
Lookin to build my first comp from scratch. Have been reading all the Tom's guides and reviews I could find and have finally settled on a setup that I can be happy with for a while.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week-two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing internet, torrenting/watching movies, gaming, music
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Bought the corsair 850 tx power supply when it was on sale at newegg... got a mouse and can prolly find a keyboard... oh and got a coolermaster cm690 case a while back...thats where it will all be going
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, etc.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: california
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel ftw. i've always been nvidia but i think i'm going ati with this build
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: later on
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: so this is my parts list.. i guess i'm just looking for some opinions on the setup and maybe some ways to improve it/get more value out of my money
Very workable as it is, here are a few added thoughts.
For the gaming part, particularly at 1920 x 1080, the graphics card is much more important than the cpu.
I would look at the $210 GTX460 as a good card at that resolution. Recent reviews show it to be a very good value. Read some. Also, it seems that the GTX4xx cards get very good scaling when sli is used. Better than ati crossfire. That said, my upgrade plan would be to sell the GTX460 and replace it with a stronger single gpu card .
Are your apps and games multi core enabled, for three or more cores? Very few games and applications are. To get the extra cores, compared to a duo, you will give up clock speed for the first two cores. If you will overclock modestly, look into the i5-530. Read this article on the suitability of the 530 for gaming: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i3-gaming,2588... You might want to reduce your cost of the cpu in favor of a stronger graphics card.
I do not know how well the Intel motherboard can overclock. You might want to look at EVGA/ASUS/Gigabyte instead.
I really like a SSD for the OS. Everything feels much snappier. 40gb might be a bit small, the Windows-7 and microsoft security essentials took about 13gb on mine. Also,
third generation cards using smaller nand chips are coming by year end. The cost for capacity will be coming down significantly. Be prepared for buyer's remorse.
You talk about possibly using raid-1.
The value of raid-1 and it's variants like raid-5 for protecting data is that you can recover from a hard drive failure quickly.
It is for servers that can't afford any down time.
Recovery from a hard drive failure is just moments.
Fortunately hard drives do not fail often.
Mean time to failure is claimed to be on the order of 1,000,000 hours.(100 years)
Raid-1 does not protect you from other types of losses such as viruses,
software errors,raid controller failure, operator error, or fire...etc.
For that, you need EXTERNAL backup.
If you have external backup, and can afford some recovery time, then you don't need raid-1.
whats up guys, i looked at the 460 and it looks like a great card but my gaming priorities aren't as drastic and i like ati's eyefinity on the 5770
i'm buying parts right now but i'm second guessing the intel boxdp55kg motherboard
does anyone know of any review besides the one done here on tom's? i like the digital voltage regulator, the 7.1 channel audio, and the uefi factor, but i'm concerned about the construction, the lack of a secondary LAN port, and the ease of overclocking the i5.