with my current desktop hitting the 5 year mark, its time to invest in a new system soon.
Approximate Purchase Date: Month of February 2012
Budget Range: 1000-1500 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, streaming, recording fraps, surfing the web
Parts Not Required: monitor, os, optical drives, mouse, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or bestbuy ( i have some best buy gift cards/ gift certificates)
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: no preference im open for comment
SLI or Crossfire: future yes
Monitor Resolution: right now i have 1600 x 900 but might look into something with higher res later on.
i mainly want to use it for gaming and have been doing some research on what to get. the range I am looking at is around 1000- 1500 dollar range. here are the pieces im looking to get so far and any and all input on it will be appreciated. i do want to try overclocking. im planning on getting an ssd for the os and maybe a few programs and a hard drive for the rest. i just wanted to make sure this setup is decent. thanks!
Certain items like motherboards and cases have diminishing returns in terms of performance after a certain price point. It's upto you to decide if you want better performance or other features unrelated to performance.
Eg: The motherboard you picked costs $150 more than the one I picked. Performance difference? NONE.
The Corsair ram is 1600hmz which seems to be the sweet spot for ram and it working seamlessly with all MB's it also has the XMP profile wich can be activated in the bios.
The Corsair SSD has just about the fastest read/write speeds of all the SSD's. I have three of the 180gb in my computer and they are great.
Seasonic makes the best psu's and are known for that , Silverstone is a good psu but Seasonic is better and 850w is sufficient for one or two 7970's.
as for the ram, a friend of mine got the 2133 sticks for me, so i was wondering if it will work with my setup. if not i can always give it back to him and buy myself one, but he gave it to me as a gift after finding out i was building.
i might look into the seasonic power supply, and step it down to 850W.