**Prices include Shipping
Total Cost $1,299.11
Less MIR $80
Final Cost: $1,219.11
SLI or Crossfire: Yes(12-18 Months in future to give a performance boost)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
I have a few questions sorry for the long post.
1) I am currently running a Q6600@3.0Ghz with 6GB of RAM and a GeForce 8800GTS 640GB. Is this upgrade drastic enough to warrant the cost? My timeline allows me to upgrade this weekend, but there is no dire need if there is a significant shift in value that makes waiting 1-4 months worthwhile I can do that.
2) I know the Vertex 3 and other SSDs will be released soon is that reason enough to delay buying a PC or will I be so impressed with the difference from the mechanical I have now it doesn't much matter?
3) I don't really have much money left in my budget, but is the extra money for the 2600k worth it? I've seen several posts here saying the $100 difference is not worth it AT ALL, but then I've seen several benchmarks putting the 2600k like +15-35% faster than the 2500k.
4) Lastly, is the RAM a good choice? It seems like it's too much of my budget for RAM but my current machine has 6GB so going back to 4GB seems like a step back. I could get PC1333 RAM much cheaper if the difference in speed is negligible.
Please critique me I haven't built anything in 3+ years so I'm a little rusty. Thanks!
The SSD does allow Windows to boot quicker, and, game levels load quicker, but, aside from a few seconds here and there (10-20% less waiting), really does not affect your game experience nearly as much as a quality gpu/mb/cpu/ram, in my opinion....
In my opinion, that money saved from not buying the SSD would be better spent on a GTX580 instead...
Buy a 6950 and unlock it to a 6970. If this is a $1,200 build, it should have a top of the line graphics card, not something on par with a Radeon 5830.
No SSD--wait a year and let the technology mature. Instead, get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. There is a big difference between that and your 400GB drive (look up reviews) and you can find them online for $50 or $55 new. Also, you can grab a second or third for RAID as storage when you upgrade to an SSD in a year. Aside from access time, these things match or beat many SSD's anyways. I have 3 in RAID0/RAID5 combo (RAID 0 gets 425MB/s on HDTach).
RAM--get 2000MHz RAM and run it with tight timings. I have 2000MHz OCZ Reapers running at 1910MHz 6-8-6-24 1T Memtest86+ stable. Corsair charges a premium for its name, not performance (when compared to other top brands). And if you're not getting premium RAM, you can find 8GB on slickdeals.net regularly for under $1000. Premium RAM isn't nearly as important with an unlocked processor.