I could use some advice on building a computer. Most if not all parts will be bought from newegg.com or microcenter.com. My budget is roughly $1000. Would like to keep it as low as possible but would also like the best parts that will last for as long as possible (stay up with upcomming games).
What I'm using the computer for:
Gaming (Skyrim - Diablo 3 - Bioshock 3 - Planetside 2 - Other MMO's)
SSD over HDD - Is it worth the cost and lowered space to use a SDD for OS/installed progs and a HDD for storage?
core i3 vs i5 vs i7 - Is it worth the cost of the i7 to future proof myself or should I just stick to a i3/i5? LGA 1155 vs 2011?
I currently have a GeForce 8800 GTX 768mb - Is there anything I can do with it to still get some use out of it? I heard I can use it as a dedicated physx card and if I do what would be the benefit?
Radeon vs GeForce - I usually perfer GeForce, but was wondering what everyones opinions were on graphic card choices and also if anyone had any news on these new cards I heard that are comming out mid january?
Onboard sound or card - Does having onboard sound put more of a strain on your system then having a dedicated sound card or is this just a myth? Not really doing anything professional grade audio level, just gaming.
Power Supply - My current PSU is 620w. That still enough power to handle everything? 2 hard drives, 1 dvd rom, 4 fans about. Or do I need a special PSU for the icore procs?
It is one of those things that is nice to have, but hardly required. You can get along just fine without it and your gaming performance won't be that hugely impacted.
The i5 2500k is generally considered the gold standard gaming processor right now. Processors north generally cost a lot more bucks than they give a lot more bang and processors lower while having quite a lot of bang for the buck often just don't have enough bang in general.
The i7 2600k is nice too, but the significant gains it has over the i5 2500k tend not to be in the area of gaming. The 3960s and stuff are just going to be out of this budget range regardless of their advantages and disadvantages.
TBH, I would not bother trying to keep the GeForce 8800 around. There is some potential to use it as a physx card, but I would say its probably not worth it for the benefits.
Radeon vs GeForce - I have always been on a pretty strict budget and ATI owns this space almost completely. Nvidia barely even tries to offer good low cost cards. Nvidia just sells high cost cards that perform really well and that is about it.
I would strongly suggest you at least consider ATI cards since you are on a "fairly" low budget.
A single 6950 would use about 25% of the budget and would perform quite well without needing to have a dedicated card for PhysX. That would let you get away with a micro board (~60) instead of a regular atx board (~120). The extra $60 saved there could pay for part of the video card.
Onboard sound is generally good enough and doesn't put much strain on the system.
PSU - It depends on the brand, but it might be tough for this to power the computer if you do intend to have 2x video cards and a regular atx board.
PSU brand makes a large difference. One that has 620 on the label might be able to give 700 without blowing up. Another with 620 on the label might not be able to break 400 without blowing up.