I'm going to buy and build a new computer next month (June), and, therefore I thought it might be wise to run it by this forum before I buy everything. The primary function for this new computer is to run the lastest games in the Total War-series (Empire, Napoleon and Shogun 2) with high settings and huge numbers of men (10-15000 or more if possible).
Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of June
Budget Range: 7500 DKK ~ 1434.225 U.S dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, writing school assignments etc)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
CPU (Core i5 2500K - will OC to 4.3 GHz, or more if it's safe):
Cooler (Scythe Mugen 2 rev.B SCMG-2100):
Mainboard (ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Revision):
RAM (Corsair XMS3 2 x 2 GB): (DDR3, PC12800, 1600MHz, CAS latency, 8-8-8-24)
Graphics card (MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC 1 GB)
Harddrive (WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1 TB)
PSU (Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2)
DVD-drive (Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S223C (Black))
Case (Antec Three Hundred - EU)
As some of you might notice, some components are quite cheap, and on a whole the rest is not the newest and fastest components. The reason for this is that I have a limited budget, and that I want to save a little money for future upgrades and a few games on Steam. It would be fair to say that I have been looking for "the best bang for the buck" components. Yet if any of you guys find that one or more components are not "the best bang for the buck" please feel welcome to make other suggestions.
After reading some of the discussions on the graphics cards forum, the component that really has me confused is the graphics card, as I would like one that is also worth something a year or two from now. In short I'm trying to figure out whether to buy the N560GTX-Ti or a AMD HD6950 1 or 2GB. As far as I know the Total War games are some of the most VRAM heavy games on the market and therefore a 2GB card seems to be the best choice, however, Nvidia cards are recommended for the Total War games?
On a side note here is a overview of the tally with the above components (prices are i Danish Kroner (DKK), as I live in Denmark and am going to buy the parts here from proshop.dk - I apoligize if this makes things unecessarily complicated)
Graphics card 1776
Total 6868 ~ approx. 1313.36764 U.S. dollars
Here are the alternatives I'm considering and last is the one I'm currently going to buy.
I see, but would I get any additional benefits from buying a Z68 board. I'm mainly thinking about the ability to take advantage of the integrated graphics in the CPU, would that give any added performance in gaming?
No, the IGP would not benefit gaming if you are using a discrete GPU as well. Virtu lets you switch between the two graphics modes, so that the most effective one is used for each task, but it's not like crossfire where they work together. It's mostly so transcoding can utilize the IGP and gaming can still use a discrete card. As for other benefits, the other main one is SRT or SSD Caching which lets you use a SSD in combination with a mechanical HDD as a cache for your most recently used applications. This, in theory, gives you SSD-like performance on those applications. A true SSD+HDD setup will outperform it still, but there are advantages to both.