Ok, so I've been waiting for the new SSDs to come out for a while now, and now that they are out, I am no closer to having any clue what I should be doing. My situation is this: I currently do not have a desktop PC. I haven't needed one for a long time, and I just haven't had a lot of time to spend on gaming, so it's been at the bottom of my list of things to spend money on.
What's changed is that I recently purchased a Samsung UN55C9000 TV, and I figured I'd get the best use out of it by playing games (and movies) on a good PC instead of my old ps3.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $2000+ CAN for tower
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet/Movies, 3D Gaming/Movies
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor sort of
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, North American sites
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: Samsung monitors, would like to use the best quality or quietest parts available
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1080p (main), would like to have 2x 3d ready monitors @1920x1200 or higher resolution, independent of tower price, for a total of 3 monitors running at once.
- My old lady has a cat, which has wreaked havoc with pretty much every piece of electronic equipment I own. Keep cat hair in mind when considering cooling/silencing options for the tower.
- I usually use Sennheiser headphones when playing games, and have a set of reference monitors that I watch movies with. Would it be worth it to get an actual set of 5.1 speakers (small, small room) and a dedicated sound card for this PC (independent of tower price)? I definitely have some penis envy gong on when I go over to my brother's place to watch movies. I do love the immersion of a great movie late at night with the whole surround sound thing. Again, small room for gaming/movies, think den.
- I would like to be able to upgrade in the future to be able to play new games, within reason. That said, I am not against spending another 2k every couple of years on a completely new build, so if something seams superficial to that goal, leave it out, or give reasons as to why it should stay.
All orders over $75 CAD @ Direct Canada are FREE SHIPPING.
This build includes dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s, 8gigs of low voltage RAM, Windows 7, top rated modular psu, and the #1 gaming monitor out there atm. 120hz, 2ms LED 1920 x 1080 3D monitor. As far as the speakers go...I use a three speaker set up, but then again I do all my movie watching on my TV. Same with the 3 monitor set up...I couldn't imagine trying to game, and watch three monitors while doing it...but that's just me. There is a Nvidia 3D kit with glasses and emitter that hook up to that monitor to give you the 3D thing.
What kind of difference in performance can I expect from an HHD between SATA 3 and SATA 2? I've heard lots of people prefer the Samsung HDDs over WD, but I'm not sure if that was in reference to Western Digital's SATA 2 drives or not.
That just leaves the case up in the air. Would this Antec 902 case fit the CPU heat sink Why_Me posted?
I managed to google up a 2010 thread here about those two cases in particular, which brought up good points for both of them. I'm kind of leaning towards the Antec case right now, just because it looks nicer.