Some questions (I don't have concrete answers to them, but just food for thought): Is the SSD really worth it for gaming? Or can that $$$ be better spent elsewhere? Do you need such an expensive case? There are some cheaper mid tower options out there (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).
Here are some minor changes I would make:
- forego the SSD and just go pure HDD
- get a cheaper case that still has good cooling capabilities (good ventilation and then install fans yourself to save $50)
- pay $5 for a keyboard instead of $19
- walk onto any university campus and find a student that can get a free copy of windows and pay them $10 for their trouble.
This will save you around ~$285 without really degrading any of your performance. With that money, I would get a different monitor (with a cushy $435 budget after removing the monitor you currently have selected). Namely, I'd get one of the newer 120 hz 2 ms LCDs. A monitor with less ghosting will give you a more enjoyable gaming experience than an SSD or a nicer case.
Here's a list of 120 Hz, 2 ms LCDs:
- BenQ XL2410T [LED] - $470
- Acer GD235HZ - $350
- Alienware Optx AW2310 $450
- ASUS VG236H [includes 3D kit] - $500
There's also a Samsung 120 Hz monitor floating around out there, but it's 5 ms so I didn't include it.
Though I'd like it to be an total gaming machine, I know I'll also have to use it for work from time to time, as will my wife. It will also get moderate use as a music and video editing setup. If it was just me, though, I would tweek it a little more for gaming. As it is, I'll need it to be a powerful multi-tasker that can last me a while. I put together my current desktop almost 10 years ago and it's still running Windows 2000! I like to get my money's worth.
I do like you're idea about the OS. I think I'll talk to a couple of friends before I purchase the software.
Anyone else have any ideas or see anything worth changing?
Probably not, but you could go to my link in the siggy and see if you like the 1200-1500 build. I think your build overall though is pretty sweet.
Thanks shinobi. The build in your sig looks pretty similar to what I have except for a few minor things. I could probably make due with the 2500 but I do tend to run my systems for a while and figured I'd go ahead and get the 2600.
I want to make sure I have enough power though. Is the 750W going to be enough? What if I do decide to OC the 2600 later? I know I'd probably want to add better cooling to the CPU but will everything else I have support it?
Yes it will be enough, but don't cheap out on a 750w psu. Make sure its good on the efficiency. Your Corsair seems fine so, yeah. Yes they will all support it, as for cooling, get the Hyper 212+ off my website in my siggy, it's an Amazon recommended product. Plus cheaper than newegg, free shipping and two fans come with it.
The Asrock Extreme4 would also be a good choice because it is cheaper but also for the fact that it can equally overclock to 5.1ghz (2500K) on air cooling. So just a suggestion to save a bit of money. I don't think your going to tri-SLI or tri-fire right?
Hmm, yeah the 6 is about $40 more. No, I won't be doing any tri-SLI or tri-fire. Any other reason to get the 6? I see that there is an additional year of warranty and maybe more USB 3 ports. That's not worth $40 is it?
Also, you put 2500k and I'm planning to get the 2600k. Can the 4 support OC'ing the 2600k if I decide to do it later?