I am buying myself essentially a beast of a computer, the price tag is up there but if i keep it for 5 years its a reasonable deal. I am basically looking to get the best desktop computer available. I am having some trouble figuring out what ram would be best for my motherboard since a couple of the corsair products are NOT on the mobo's compatability list, however they seem to be identical in specs except a larger GB set.
My parts list so far is:
motherboard: Asus Rampage III Formula
CPU:Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition
graphics card: nividia geforce gtx 580 x2 (sli config)
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-1000HX
monitor: Dell U2410 24'' (wanted a decent 2500x1600 but the price tag is silly)
case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
*the case may not be the best option so any suggestions appreciated*
i really want some input on ram suggestions, hard drive choice and cases and keep in mind i want to get as much performance out of this as possible (OCing is not a priority but i will get around to doing it)
(for ram i want atleast 12gb, and im not looking to get the penny saver stuff either)
Thanks so much for any helpful or informative suggestions / advice!
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
Ive also seen several comparisons when running directx11 games with maxed out graphics settings (heavily multisampling, realtime shadows etc etc, and the i7 980 greatly improved framerates when compared to around 8 other high end cpu's. also nvidia is my preferred brand, and the 580 also slightly outperforms the 69XX's in average framerates and performance. (would dig up links but i need to sleep, couple of them are on this site somewhere lol)
The EE version of Intel's top tier cpu might indeed get you a 2-3% increase in framerates, for only $500-$600 additional dollars; a 'mid range' quad core cpu at 200 less MHz, coupled with a 2nd GTX580 would net you a 70-80% increase in framerates at 1920x1080...
thanks for the input, mouse and keyboard im good on but jack thats basically what i have been looking for thanks, and i know it will be outperformed in a couple years, but im planning on keeping it for a while and it wont be bottom end for atleast a couple years, then ill upgrade again(unless there is some crazy breakthrough)