Budget Range: Prefer to stay under 1500 but I want a solid computer
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming for me, Photo editing for my wife, programming(C#, java, etc), internet browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, and monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg
Overclocking: Yes (CPU for sure, maybe video card)
SLI or Crossfire: Not now (the reason I picked a top Video Card)
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I am military and can afford to build a new computer every year or two, would like to make this one last 4 to 5 years and still play most games.
I have been browsing the forums for several weeks trying to determine the best parts to get for a gaming rig. These are the parts I have come up with so far. You will notice that most if not all are from amazon, that is because my wise list is there with the parts. I am not against other sites to save some money.
I choose this because I didn't want to currently mess with SLI and I wasn't sure about the micro-shuddering (yes i read the article here on tomshardware). However with that said I might SLI at a later date as an upgrade if I need more graphics power.
I am not sure if these are a good choice. I hear getting one big HD is bad and I probably would be better off getting 4 500gb drives but I am not sure. I don't really even need 2tb, 1tb would be enough. Advice on the HD would be appreciated.
Optical : I am thinking a BLU-RAY player but not sure if it is really needed.
Sound Card : Not concerned at this point
Network : I have had issues with on board LAN, always end up getting a LAN card, has anyone had issues with the board I pick with the on board LAN?
OS : WINDOWS 7 - Home (already own)
I know this build is roughly $1720, I would love to bring the price down but don't want to give up too much performance. Like I said before my initial goal was under $1500 but I will pay a little extra to ensure a lasting build.
Save some money:
Go with the G.Skill RAM, I have G.Skill and it's a great company to get RAM from. It is also rated higher on NewEgg than Corsair.
If you're using the SSD for a boot drive, then you can save $100 by going with a 60-64GB SSD, it's more than enough for basic programs that you use everyday (win 7 uses 20GB, you still have 44GB for other applications)
Blu ray is not necessary UNLESS you're going to watch blu-ray videos. I would go with a $20 DVD burner.