My poor old laptop has been struggling to play the recent game releases, even on the lowest settings. I was okay with playing Starcraft 2 on low settings, but it really is time for an upgrade.
I've been doing some research on Tom's Hardware and keeping an eye on Newegg.com/ca for a while now, and I'm pretty happy with what I have picked out, but would like some second opinions.
Approximate purchase date: within the next two weeks, probably.
Budget range: 1200$ - 1400$
Parts not required: keyboard, monitor, mouse, headphones, speakers, OS
Preferred website for parts: Newegg.ca/com
I keep saying .ca/com because, while my permanent residence is in Newfoundland, I'm working in Texas until the end of April. If I buy it off .ca I'll just have it shipped to NL, otherwise I'll have it shipped to TX and bring it back with me. Somehow.
Overclocking: not a big deal
Monitor resolution: I'd like to play games in 1920x1200 comfortably, on highish settings.
Additional comments: this is going to be a gaming rig, primarily, but might also be used for some modelling software (Rhino, Solidworks, Flexcom). I doubt I will have any dual-monitor stuff.
1. No need for a 2500k its meant for overclocking save cash, get the reg version of that card.
2. Never give up your ability to upgrade by buying two GPU's at once. espically lower-end cards. One High end card is ALWAYS better it leaves you the option to upgrade, and some games don't scale very well on two cards.
3. 1155 Socket MoBo's are Dual Kit, not Triple kit. the Triple Kit RAM sockets are the 1366 Released last year, and the Socket 2011 coming out this summer.
4.You don't need an aftermarket cooler if youre not OCing, thats what the stock one is for.
5. 98% Sure OCZ, and all the other major SSD makers are coming out with SSDs that have read and write times of 350mbs+ some time around summer. This means two things Prices on current SSD go down a lot saving you cash, or prices go down a little saving you cash. Wait till summer.