I've been building my own computers every ~3 years for ~20 years, but it's getting so that the sheer number of components and technologies are totally overwhelming me.
I'm a gamer, and I record & make videos. I've got a budget of ~$2,000. I'm looking through NewEgg and just at a loss... previously I've just gone through and picked the highest rated components. Is that conceptually a good idea?
Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and the end of the year - probably right after Thanksgiving.
Budget Range: 2,000 - 2,500 each, 4-5k total (building two, one for me, one for my wife)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and I do video editing. Else it's internet surfing and netflix.
Parts Not Required: Keyboards, mice, monitors (we each have 2x 1080p monitors), speakers/headsets, I have Windows 7 x64, but I'll need to buy my wife a copy - she's on Windows Vista x32 (blech).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none, really. I tend to use newegg, amazon, pricewatch, tiger direct, and local shops... pretty much anything.
Country of Origin: Minnesota, United States
Parts Preferences: I've only ever used ASUS motherboards, but I wouldn't say I am committed to them. Otherwise I tend towards companies that make quality products. I don't like stuff breaking & wearing out.
Overclocking: "Maybe" to "No" I'm an Electrical Engineer and self-proclaimed geek, but I sort of missed the overclocking boat... I've never done it, but wouldn't be against it. I just have no real interest in "tinkering" with settings. I build PC's for the extra bang for the buck and avoiding all the crap software. I am not a tinkerer.
SLI or Crossfire: No problem with it. Using it now, but certainly don't need to if 1 card will do better than 2!
Monitor Resolution: We are both using 2x 1080p monitors (four monitors total in our office atm), but I am toying with the idea of going up another step or two in resolution.
Powerful, nondescript, quiet, small (in that order) are the words I would probably use. Obviously several of those work against one another, which makes this interesting.
This was inspired by the mATX article recently featured, but there are 6+ pages of comments on that article, so I wondered if maybe there were some additional optimizations that could be made. Obviously no crazy LED lights or other bells & whistles.
I'm open to discussion around liquid cooling, but would want minimal maintenance & risk of frying my system - which leads me towards the pre-manufactured solutions.
I'm looking for something I can build, and then not screw around with for a long time (no constantly changing settings, ripping my case apart, etc).
We have pets, anti-cat/dog hair tidbits are nice.
What else... thank you guys in advance for any thoughts!!!
The Ability to SLI 560ti with the 750w. Don't get another 560ti right now since it pretty much plays everything at high.
Sweet. Thanks... she and i basically want the same computer. I use the Adobe Production Premium Suite CS5.5. We'll be looking to max out most current games like Skyrim, GW2, D3, etc. Hopefully while recording (FRAPS) video at the same time.