I've decided to build myself a new PC and I may start ordering parts as early as tomorrow once I have everything planned out. I'd ideally like this PC to be strong enough to continue running high end games for the next 3yrs minimum. My current $1250 PC will be 4 this Christmas and it has been lacking for a while now. When I scored below minimum recommended specs on the FFXIV game benchmark I decided it was time to upgrade.
This computer will be in my living room hooked up to a new 55" LCD TV I'll buy in conjunction with it. I also have a nice surround sound set-up and while I didn't intend to buy a separate sound card if it is important I can. With this in mind, I'd like to run 2560x1600 as my standard resolution... assuming LCD TVs can do this of course, I have little experience with running a comp on a tv.
Anyways, here is the build. Will it do what I want? And just as importantly, what are my bottlenecks? Is there anything that is just much to much for the system? Or anything that is terrible and needs to be brought on par with the other hardware. I've been researching this heavily for the past couple of days, but I am no expert. All suggestions appreciated, of course!
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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
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Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
Well, you've not posted any updates on what you've changed, so there's not a lot to add from what I mentioned.
Ok sure, no problem.
Been working on it all day, made a few changes based on what you said along with further research.
CASE - SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02B - This was suggested as a high quality air cooler, very quiet and it has the more professional look I'd like.
PSU - XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W - Seems very well rated.
STORAGE - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - Rated much higher than the Cavier Blacks for the most part.
Dropped the additional case fans since this is a different case. Thanks a lot sp12 your recommendations really seemed to pan out for me. Got anything else or does this system look gtg? Btw, any clue how many ram slots the scythe mugen will block on my mobo?
I'm pretty sure it won't block any slots as long as you have the fan on the heatsink facing towards the top of the case, so obviously any ram will fit. Yeah I figured you would go with twelve gig. I did the same . Also just wanna note that technically i7's only support 1066Mhz ram, so most of the time it requires some tweaking to achieve the maximum supported speed.
I really can't say on that. You pretty much just tick XMP Profile in the BIOS to get the correct timing and adjust a few other little things.
I haven't looked into it too much on my current computer because I haven't had time. In my BIOS it shows 1600Mhz, but multiple programs only show it running at 533Mhz, so I'm kind of confused. I'm sorry, but I'm not a lot of help on this subject.
And in case you hadn't looked at it here's the link to the memory compatibility list for your motherboard.