Good evening Guys - I'm looking to build a gaming PC for around 1500 to play the next generation of games thats out and coming out - I'm a computer guy but a programmer, and not a hardware guy at all (My wife is into hardware more than I am, /shrug)
I put this together on newegg - Does anyone see anything that I could replace/do to improve? (Forgive the newbness)
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145533
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EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130587
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Agree with all above savings. With extra money you could get a nicer case than the one you have, a cpu cooler like the Hyper 212+/EVO, or an SSD. You can get a 64gb SSD or higher and run the OS off that for very fast speeds. If you get a slightly bigger one, you could safely run a few games for super loading speeds. The HDD would then serve solely as a data drive.
8 gb RAM os fine. I would recommend G.SKILL
Sound cards are only for audiophiles but its inexpensive so do what you want.
You would only get the i7 if you were using several programs that utilize hyperthreading. At the moment, that is restricted to CAD and some photo and video editing software.
Thanks all! I'm glad to see I was not so far off, and think the information on the i7/i5 is GREAT! I think I'll downgrade the chip and see about getting a SSD (Which I had no idea what they were until I read this - is there a notable difference?) I'll probably just order 8 gigs of memory initially, I can always get 2 more sticks and throw in there at a later date....
I wouldn't consider buying a HDD at this moment in time because the prices have doubled due to the floods in Thailand. You should just use the old HDD in your current desktop for now, or if you don't want to do that, go out and buy a SSD for main use until prices are down.
Other than that, go out and buy your own CPU cooler, because the ones supplied with the processor are never of great build - I would recommend the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, because it can easily let you overclock without issues and at a cheap price as well Anyway, enjoy.