for gaming. i want to be able to play any game out today and in the near future with maxed settings at full 1080p. my favorites are: Call of Duty: MW series, Elder Scrolls IV, Crysis
I don't want overkill, but I want to have some wiggle room for future titles like:, MW3, ES V, Crysis 2 and 3.
My current system has:
GPU: MSi GTX 560 Ti 1GB Twin Frozr
RAM: 4GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600Mhz
PS: Apevia 700W (i'll do SLi later)
CASE: I don't know what its called since i got it from a relative
COOLER(S): stock fans and possibly a corsair H50
recommend me the best processor to fit my needs. I'm so unsure whether AMD or Intel is the better option. i hear so many goo things about Intel, but AMDis also good.
is i7 2600K another option? is it worth the extra $100?
EDIT: I will definitely overclock either to the maximum potential and use an H50
where can i find a 1155 socket motherboard from a reliable source now? i heard about the recall. i won't even use SATA3 ports. i don't want to wait until April to finish my PC and this is the major reason i am considering AMD over intel, who has served me ever since i started using computers.
Actually, you do want overkill. If it's not a little bit overkill now, it won't be able to run future stuff very well.
There is only one reason to get the Phenom: You could order it today and have it tomorrow. They are okay performers, but they are outclassed by Sandy Bridge -- even the i5 2300 beats most of the Phenoms.
Waiting is the hardest thing to do ... but if you're waiting for Sandy Bridge, you won't regret it at all.
2600K is only for those who use Photoshop and other apps that take advantage of Hyperthreading. For gamers/overclockers, 2500K is the top choice.
The first thing you need to do, especially if you're interested in SLI, is replace that Apevia PSU-shaped object with a power supply suitable for use to power a computer.
Here's one of MANY reviews of the brand (links to some of their others at the beginning): http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... in which they're found to be overrated, out-of-spec garbage. Some of their other models simply melted when loaded.
A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, Enermax, and XFX are among the better brands.
ok. i'll go with the 2500K and maybe even the 2600K because of the sheer coolness of being able to say i have the new top-end Core i7 . i might do some Photoshop and Premiere too. the only reason i don't do it very often on my current computer (a MacBook Pro) is because it runs so slowly.