Good evening fine techies of the TomsHardware Forums,
I require your expertise yet again, after my current computer caught a nasty Virtumundo.dll followed by a very nasty Sys32 Virus I decided It was time to retire old Asland+. He served me well for over 5 years, however, its time to move onto bigger and better things. This is where you come in my fine friends.
Specifically, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed in the matters of GPU nVidea (570) vs. Radeon (6970) [Or any combination of SLI/CF there within) as well as SSD choices.
For clarity, could anyone recommending SSD choices PLEASE give reasons why it was picked? also, why you picked that size. Most games are 30GB~ So that leaves little space for a OS.
Details Spoiled for Size/Annoyance.
Approximate Purchase Date:Within the next Week. Budget Range:750-1000$ (After Rebates) System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Surfing, Media, WordProcessing Parts Not Required:Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Display/Monitor Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg/TigerDirect Country of Origin:USA/FL Overclocking:Maybe- Only if extremely needed. SLI or Crossfire:Maybe, if you can convince me with the numbers to back it up. Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 Additional Comments:Noise isn't a huge factor, but as quiet as possible. I would LOVE a solid SSD. Also, the ability to Max out the following games would be awesome. Also, OS will be Win7; already purchased.
Yes, you'll need to OC but you'd need to do that with any processor The new motherboards are super easy to overclock and some even will overclock for you. All you really need to do is adjust the multiplier and bam overclocked.
You can overclock the 560 ti to be on par with the 570 with less wattage and noise. Also MSI comes with MSI afterburner which is a great tool for overclocking graphic cards. This card will easily handle 1920 x 1080 on its own.
ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #: P8P67-M PRO (REV3.0)
$149.99 -$10.00 Instant $139.99
Has two PCIE slots which will run at x8,x8 if you want to run two GPUs later. You say you're not interesting in overclocking, so any limitations imposed by the micro-ATX design shouldn't be relevant. Has USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Model #: BX80623I52400
Not overclocking, you don't need a "K" version. If you check the benchmarks, you'll see this CPU is quite good. You could even cut it back a little to save a few $$ and likely sacrifice little gaming performance.
Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
Model #: TP-650
$129.99 -$50.00 Instant $79.99
Very good deal on a PSU that has received excellent competent technical reviews. Can run two GPUs (and won't need adapters); modular, so until/unless you do, you won't have a rats nest of extra cables to hide.
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Model #: DESTROYER
$59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99
I've liked every Rosewill case I've bought. The fans don't move a whole lot of air, but it's enough, and they're quiet.
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #: ST3500413AS
For a gamer, 500GB is enough. When you want to add your photo / video collection, you can always get another drive.
Corsair Force CSSD-F90GB2-BRKT 2.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #: CSSD-F90GB2-BRKT
$189.99 -$10.00 Instant $179.99
90GB should give you plenty of space for your OS and a few games.
SPARKLE SX560T1024D5MH GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814187136
$249.00 -$20.00 Instant $229.00
This will play all your games at very good settings; arbitrarily trying to "max" every game including outliers is either going to be very expensive or simply futile. You can add another one of these later if you need to.
G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
Model #: F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
I've had good luck with the last few G.Skill sets I've bought, and this is cheap for 8GB. If you need to save money, cut it back to 4GB.
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
Model #: GAIA SD1283
I know you won't be overclocking, but this cooler is cheap and will reduce noise, as the Intel stock cooler starts quiet but gets loud under load.
Slightly over, but I think there are some rebates in there, if you play that game and win. I've also commented a few places where you can bring this down a little.