Hey guys, first time posting, but a constant lurker. Seeking your feedback on this system. Feel free to tear it apart if it sucks.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month .
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1,500. I need something that is future proof enough to last 2 years or so without major overhauls. Perhaps one or two upgrades a year.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (FFXIV, SC2, GW2, Diablo3, all the good stuff coming), intertubes, some photo editing.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:KB/Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg but am open to suggestions.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: i7-950 just because of the huge price drop. Solid brands (ASUS, Gigabyte, etc)
OVERCLOCKING: When I feel brave.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Thinking about going 24' inch.
Been a while since I built my own system, would like to get back into it and seems like no better time than now. All recommendations are helpful. If you can suggest a replacement part at a better price with same or better performance, please tell me. Thanks guys!
I would like a small fast drive that I can take full advantage of. I have a large backup/media server so I don't have a need to load everything on one system, would prefer to swap games/software around as needed.
I've been on the border with SSDs for a while. Most of what I've read says SSD don't really make a difference in real time testing on games except for loading times and usually the cost difference doesn't justify it, but I'll definitely look into it now if 10k drives are irrelevant now. Or maybe just get a Spinpoint F3 like you said as a primary drive.
You dont get an SSD for gaming performance. It makes boot, load, switch times fast. It makes your entire system more responsive. I dont see anyone posting that they bought an SSD and feel it was a waste of money. I do see alot of people post they bought an SSD and it was the best upgrade ever.
I am waiting for the sales that happen between thanksgiving and new years and plan to get good 90-120GB SSDs (OCZ Vertex 2, OCZ Agility 2, Gskill Pheonix, Corsair Force, Crucial C300) in the $150-$200 range.
You are going to upgrade a pair of 460s with what in 2 years? Not likely. Maybe in 4 years when you buy your next PC a new reasonably priced graphics card might beat a pair of 460s. Look at what a pair of last gen 4870s does right now, it still takes over $500 to buy a graphics card that can beat it.