I have never built my own gaming rig before, but I have been eagerly looking forward to it for quite some time. I recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan and am ready to reward myself. I *tentatively* set the budget for my new Gaming machine at $1500, constructed a list of parts, and promptly crossed that line - by a long shot.
However, I am willing to make some adjustments to my original budget provided I am making a solid investment in what will be a good solid machine for a few years to come (with little investment in upgrading components).
Without further ado, when considering the list of parts below:
1) Am I overdoing this technology-wise? Are the parts I'm paying good money for worth it in the value department?
2) Have I made some critical error in my construction with parts that are non-compatible?
3) Do you have any suggestions or observations that could help me in any way?
I would rather get 2 x GTX 460's for much more efficient power usage than two GTX 470's. The performance hit wouldnt be too bad (all your games would run with the details maxed out anyway, and any difference in noticable speed would be negligible)
There is no need for more than 4gb RAM for gaming.
For GPU either 470s or 2 x GTX460 1gb are what I would look at. I prefer the design of the GTX460s - cooler, power efficient and so I would go with them myself, but the GTX 470 is a good choice too. The Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb cards are only $200 atm.
The LG monitor does not have an HDMI connector so if that matters to you then you may want to avoid it.
With the money saved, you may want to consider getting an SSD to speed up loading times. I personall don't care much for them as I prefer to use money to increase the actual gaming performance rather than load times - but then again, I have never had the spare money to buy all the performance I need and have money left to consider an SSD
When I first started compiling components this was the processor I had built around. However, when I considered 1366 vs 1156 based boards I started to worry about future upgrades. I can see the next processor I buy being an 1366, so would it not be prudent to buy a 1366 board now? Or are the savings in RAM/Motherboard/Processor in the right now worth the price of new RAM/Motherboard/Processor in the future?
Having read the "Best Gaming CPU for the Money: August" article I am aware of the 'past the point of reason' argument for not exceeding an i5 760, but if I can afford the extra 140 bucks (i7950[$299] + EVGA X58 mobo[$210]= $510) is the investment worth it, or, do you see the LGA 1156 boards still being a viable option, say, 2 - 3 years down the road?