Hello friends, I am seeking people's advice, opinions, and experience with computer building. Also advice for good online vendors with good service and return policies.
I have been researching for 2 months now.
I am NOT a novice to Microsoft-based personal computers and have limited experiences with computer hardware. However, this is my first computer build and I am building it specifically to play Battlefield 3 (BF3).
I will use this computer for playing BF3, watching videos and TV shows, listening to music, storing pictures, downloading, browsing the web, occasionally burning some CDs and DVDs, and maybe light video editing. (I want to eventually get TV Capture card or device to record my favorite TV shows and probably edit out those boring commercials.)
I would like to gradually get into basic overclocking as well.
My budget is under $2,000.
Anyways here are the components I am considering with links provided (from NewEgg):
Your motherboard allows for SLI if you ever wanted to add a second GTX580, however 900-1000w PSU is recommended for this.
16GB is overkill for your RAM. 8GB 1600MHz CL9 would be plenty for gaming.
If gaming is your primary use you could save yourself $100 or so by getting an i5-2500k. In terms of gaming performance, it is the same as the i7-2600k (since games don't make use of hyper threading).
Do you really need to sink $180 into a sound card? The motherboard comes with onboard 7.1 audio. Id at least recommend don't buy the sound card with the initial build, try the onboard audio, then if your not satisfied - buy a sound card after.
The extra cores wont be to any advantage gaming. Its still the same 32nm chip as SandyBridge.
The only potential advantage is the cores will overclock a little higher. But since i5-2500k will already clock to 5GHz with the proper cooling, unless BullDozer is very competitive price wise, its unlikely to work out "better value for money".
Hey thanks everyone, I really appreciate your input and suggestions.
I am still researching A LOT and already bumped the RAM down to 8GB which is more than enough.
Also, I already own the Corsair 850W PSU, Cooler Master Storm Scout Case, and the Asus ODD. And I am sticking with the 2600K as opposed to the 2500K.
As for the SSD, I am heavily considering buying one. Possibly an 80GB or so to put Windows 7 OS, BF3, and the programs I use daily such as VLC, Foobar, Chrome, etc. I have to check out my home PC to see how much GBs I actually use to make the decision on the size of the SSD. I am assuming 80GB is plenty, but this is just an educated guess.
I will still get a 1TB HD for my media that I have been collecting for years now. The HD will strictly be for storage.
I am researching Mobos now mainly. Is there anything comparable to the Asus P8Z68-V Pro that isn't Asus? Like how does Gigabyte, MSI, Biostar, EVGA, or Asus's little brother ASRock compare to the Asus P8Z68-V Pro or Asus in general?
I plan on overclocking, should the UEFI and BIOS be a deal breaker on my decision for the Mobo company I go with?
Thanks again guys. By the way, I am so F***ing hyped to build my first computer!
Windows 7 64-bit will take you for about 20GB, generally leaving about 30GB is recommended for your OS (leaves room for updates, patches, service packs ect). Another 10GB or so for applications, web browser and regularly used programs ect. then finally another 20GB or so for games. Leaving 60GB SSD a good budget choice.
Almost ALL in fact probably ALL motherboards (other than INTEL) for this sort of build will have UEFI BIOS.
I'm planning my 3rd build soon and The specs will be pretty much the same except with only 8gb DDR3 and swapping the GTX580 for a 570 as my budget is lower.
I'm exited about having Windows on a SSD though as it really shows how much of a bottleneck the seek time of a mechanical HDD is.
Read some reviews of SSD's though as I hear that some manufacturers build less stable ones that others particularly regarding the firmware.