HDD - My Passport Essential USB 1TB (already owned)
Monitor - 23" 1080p (already owned)
Mouse - Logitech USB (already owned)
Keyboard - Logitech USB (already owned)
Speakers/Headphones (already owned)
Total (Before Taxes and Shipping): $1,600.91
All right, here are the details and questions.
What I want (in order of importance): 1) Run current gen games (e.g. BF3, StarCraft II, SWTOR) at settings that (I don't know how else to say this..) beat PS3 and XBox 360 without dipping below 30fps or lagging. With PC exclusives, I just don't want to feel shortchanged - want to run these on High-to-Ultra.
2) Be future-proof for 5-10 years so I can add/replace individual components (e.g. upgrade to two GTX 580s SLI) to handle the next gen without having to throw out old components.
3) Overclock my CPU (if necessary) safely.
4) Learn enough through building the PC myself to monitor, diagnose, maintain, and upgrade the machine.
The stock cooler for the i5 should do just fine as long as you don't overclock
Yes tx750 will be fine for now but not for SLI, an as sosofm said, get a 850m because it'll most likely hold 2 gtx 580s aswell as its modular.
I don't think the gtx 580 actualy requires a 3.0 pci slot, says 2.0 so you'll be fine.
The SSD as far as I know, they are all 2.5" so this is both a laptop and computer SSD. But don't quote me on that one.
But If you use that as an internal drive, I wouldn't recommend using that old 1TB usb hard drive for storage. I'd change that ssd to mabe 80gb and then buy a 500GB 3.5" internal hdd (yes that'll cost a bit of money, but will be more reliable)
The reason for this is running through a usb (unless its usb3.0 in which case this old hdd prob dosnt support it) is probably around 10X slower then through SATA.
Windows Home Premium OEM is only $100.
You're PC will be outdated soon, Intel is notorious for changing sockets. Don't think about future-proofing, save money and don't buy a motherboard with features you don't need. PCI-E 3.0 is of no use, your GTX580 is no where close to maxing out the 2.0 bandwidth.
Concerning the memory, the latter is low voltage (1.35V).
If you're intrested in rebates : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The OC on the EVGA superclocked version is shameful, 20MHz more isn't worth mentioning and the $10 premium is laughable IMO.
Please help: EVGA vs Galaxy. Galaxy seems like it would run cooler because it has three fans, but EVGA seems to be the go-to for nVidia. This is the most expensive piece of the puzzle, so I don't want to skimp on quality. Thoughts?