I recently moved to Canada and need a PC but the switch of continents introduces new challenges:
1) I have no equipment here at all, no monitor, mouse, etc.
2) I haven't adjusted to the different living costs so I don't know what good prices are yet
3) I don't know where the good places to buy from are
My design goal is to get a system which offers the best value for money while still meeting my needs
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can decide what to buy :-)
Budget Range: Not sure! See introductory note
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming (some reasonably cpu-intensive simulations included), surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: N/A. Need everything
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference
Parts Preferences: No preference
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not unless there are economic advantages
Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080 (although happy to change my mind if there are good reasons to adjust)
Additional Comments: I'd like an SSD but as far as I can tell there's no economic case to get one any bigger than a 'OS and applications' drive. Please correct me if I'm wrong
There are a couple of parts I was thinking about so far, both based on my research suggesting they offered excellent value for money. I am not heavily invested in them and am very happy to learn about better options. They are:
If you do plan on getting an SSD (which I reccomend) look into the Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 for the 128GB version. You don't really want to go below 120GB for an SSD drive. The SSD drive will allow your games to load faster, as well as booting up/restarting. It won't increase FPS, but it will make your system snappier.
Right now RAM is very cheap - it might not go any lower and in fact might be going up possibly. So I suggest 8GB, since thats a sweet spot right now.
BTW prices in canada for exactly the same items found in the states are usually anywhere from 10% to 40% more expensive. Sometimes some items are similar in cost though - and may even be less if they are on sale.
After thinking about it, I think my requirements can be better phrased as the system that offers the best performance per dollar while giving 'good' gaming performance on new releases for the next 18 months or so. I haven't looked around for the best price for the components yet so most of these are sourced on amazon for convenience. Questions I have:
Are all these components compatible?
Will this system meet my objectives?
Are any of these components unreliable or just bad choices?
Is one or more of these components significantly lower or higher performing than the others?
Are there better value alternative components that fit my requirements?
HDD - I've listed the 1TB model because it's the smallest one I saw that has the 64mb cache, is the cache something that will be significant in performance? Does it make sense to wait for prices to fall rather than buying a bigger drive now?
Alright that's not too bad of a motherboard, although I don't usually roccomend asrock - they seem to be not too bad lately - some people get them DOA others will have a completely fine MOBO - but yeah it's decent.
As for your power supply - i would spend an extra 20 bucks for a Seasonic 620W PSU:
2) As for your HDD's it doesn't really matter how much cache is on them - the cache will help some, but not much. Due to the nature of HDD technology - having more cache on the HDD doesn't do much, it might increase burst rate for a few seconds but after that it would normalize. As for the prices of HDD's it will take at least another 6 months to "normalize".