Hey guys, a friend of mine wants to get a high-end gaming PC, and wants me to help him with choosing parts as he's a noob to this kind of stuff. His budget is roughly $1000, definitely no more than $1300
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 3 weeks
Budget Range: $1300 at most
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, some photo editing, internet browsing, school stuff
Parts Not Required: mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:it HAS to be amazon as he'll be paying it using the no-interest financing options
Parts Preferences: by brand or type obviously intel CPU and obviously AMD GPU as nvidias suck in WAY too much power
Overclocking: Yes ( i will be helping him with this)
SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: either 1680x1050 or 1920x1080
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
his budget might wind up being less than this but i don't think so. i thought the SSD was a necessity in a rig that he wants to last 2-3 years. i wanted a 6970 for him but that was too much money; he could always add another 6950 in xfire in a year and get a good performance boost. otherwise, i think this is a pretty high-end rig that should play most games at high/ultra settings for the next year or so.
While this seems to be a step down from the Vertex 3, it uses the same exact nands only they've been reprovisioned for redundancy. The reason I recommend this is that it's a Cache Drive, you install it, then you forget about it. No need to worry about how to configure/optimize, no need to worry about runaway growth or write thrashing. Also it's going to boost all of his most used programs, not just the ones that he'd install to a standalone SSD.
just a note here, newegg I believe has no interest financing for 6 months with bill me later, and everytime I have done a major build I have gotten no interest for a year with a premier account. not sure if they are still doing it but you may want to price compare and look into it.
@ OP: does he need a monitor or does he have one? If he does, for the first res, an ASUS 22" HD Monitor is good for it. Otherwise, 24" of the same model works. Otherwise, great build. I'm sure he will love it.
thanks for the suggestions guys. he's most likely going 1920x1080, so we're going to stick with the radeon hd 6950 2gb, but we're also most likely going to be dropping the SSD to a 64 gb and use it with the caching, or just drop it entirely. either way, it will fit inside his budget i'm pretty sure. thanks for the help!
I've not read many good things about the reliability of OCZ SSD's. Might go with a Crucial m4 or a corsair force series 3 instead( the corsair got some bad reviews as well, but were fixed in the latest firmware release). Other than that, a great build IMO