[b]SSD/High RPM HDD[/b]: Not really a priority at the moment. But would like any advice if given.
Any advice or general input will be very much appreciated. Thanks for the time P.S. Any recommendations for the Thermal Paste? Looking at going with AS5. I don't want heat to be any factor so I would like to use the one with the best results.
Are you doing any intensive video editing? If not the 2600k with HT gives no extra benefit in gaming since most games 99% do not utilize those extra cores. But since you bought the 2600k already, I guess that is fine.
As for ram, 8GB at 1600MHZ is the most beneficial ram for the price. Once you go above that speed or amount, there is substantially less performance improvement for the price.
As for PSU - you can sli or crossfire the top end cards with a great corsair, antec, or seasonic 750w psu.
I didn't get what GPU you would be using with this build but the 1200AX is really overkill unless you are looking for a tri cf/quad nvidia sli setup.
If you save some money on the ram and PSU, you can save up and buy a nice reliable ssd. I am thinking the m4 120gb crucial or an intel 510 ssd. With an ssd - you will actually see real world performance increases over using a traditional hdd.
I will be putting my nvidia 465 gtx in until I can afford to upgrade to a pair of new cards in a few months.
I went with th 2600k for 2 reasons,
1. I got it on sale for $270 vs regular $315.
2. I am working toward a computer science degree and have interests in 3d rendering/photoshopping. So I feel like it was a better choice overall.
I grabbed a corsair AX1200 so I have a future proof (for what my needs are) Psu.
Combo with 8gig corsair vengeance 1866mhz for a $340 sale price vs regular $390.
I do appreciate your input very much, I got a little antsy last night and just went with what I bought.
I am planning to get at least a 100gig ssd in around a month or so. I hear good and bad things about them not being long term reliable.
I haven't looked very much into ssd's yet mainly due to lack of funds. Looking for a 120gig or so that will hopefully last me a while aswell.
The future roofing also stems from my first build, my stepdad got top of the line parts for me+his self and it is still going strong and fast. Just lacks the torque and HP of today parts.
The honest truth is I do not recommend any ssd. sandforce is having massive problems with their drivers and the other ssd manufacturers who don't use sandforce have ssds with really crappy performance.
reliable ssds tend to be intel and crucial but prepare to pay more for worse performance. Although if compared to hdds, ssds are still way ahead..I'm just not wure it's worth it right now.