So i have finally taken the time to save up for a decent gaming rig, and pretty much the only thing in my way is choosing my components. I intend to be playing games in 1080p on a 50' Samsung flat screen, and i would like to be able to run some of the hardware hogs like Metro 2033, and the Crysis series, with little compromise on graphics quality and frame rates.
I am looking for opinions, suggestions, expected performance, unforeseen problems and any advice i might not have come by that would be helpful.
Note: I am too excited to wait so in the near future i intend to get a second identical GPU for an SLI setup, as well as a SATA-III Solid State HHD (by then the price will probably be down and the size will probably be up)
You dont need the 1100T for a gaming rig, switch to a higher clocked X4 or wait a months and see what bulldozer brings to the cpu table.
For nearly $10 less you can change tha teac read only dvd drive to a dvd burner.
I have LG, lite-on, Samsung, and Asus - all working well and around $20 apeice.
If you're thinking of the samsung hard drive, you need to research if you need the patch with that chipset your motherboard uses. But otherwise its a good drive. I've two in my FX890 system (did not need patch) and two in my windows home server (880 chipset and needed the patch)
Now that I think about it, if you're willing to spend $190 on an 1100T then $220 for an I5-2500k shouldn't be to far out of the budget at $220 and it surely outperforms even the 1100T. The motherboard can get a bit expensive but there are some in your price range.
So you don't see six cores being superior for gaming in the foreseeable future?
AMD hex-cores NEVER score more than AMD quads in gaming benchmarks- they basically score the same, if run at the same clocks. In fact, there are a few (very few, fortunately) games that perform WORSE on these hex-cores than on the quads. So yeah, a higher-clocked quad would do a better job. But if you're dead set on running more than four cores, wait for the Zambezi CPUs. Like popatim says, they're just around the corner.