Optical Drive: Samsung Blu-Ray Writer SN-506AB black, Slim
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 ( Samsung TFT 22'' S22B350H LED )
1- Please comment on the overall quality and integrity of the system. Is there any part which is " out of sync " with the rest of the system?
2- I don't believe that 16GB of Ram would be necessary for me. however, my motherboard supports the Quad Channel DDR3 technology and I wanted to take advantage of it, so I decided to fill 4 slots of ram. What exactly is the advantage that I get over dual or triple channel, for using this technology?
I have a very similar build I did when I reviewed the 3820. I can tell you that since you are not going to go crossfire you are gaining nothing of real value to gaming with this build over an 1155 based system. The quad channel memory is great but you need applications that will flood the memory pipeline to see the advantage and gaming is not something that does this.
While the 2600K suggested is a great chip when it comes to gaming the best pure bang for the buck is the 2500K. With overclocking you can match pretty much ANY Intel chip in raw performance and games are RARE that see the benefit of hyper threading being added.
For your planned monitor the video card you selected is fine, if not a bit of overkill as is the PSU.
Personally I would drop down to a 2500K and get a good cooler like an H60 or 620 and then put on a decent overclock. I would drop in 8 gigs of quality RAM, my personal choice is HyperX and a 120 Gig SSD for my OS and apps and a 60 Gig SSD for my STEAM account.
Put all this on a decent Z68 board and then go to town on the great gaming goodness at a reasonable price.
But considering that I don't want to overclock ( I'm not good at it, and I have damaged my pc before by overclocking!Bad memories!) would it still be a good idea to go for socket 1155 rather than 2011 considering that ivy bridge will be down the road?
I mean, isn't it so that 2011 CPUs have a completely new architecture and 1155 is just an upgrade over the old models?
sorry if I sound ignorant, but I rally didn't know about the existence of Ivy bridge, and got to read about it after your replies!
OK! so I did some study on the Ivy Bridge and according to what I've learnt, Intel Core i5 2500K would be a better option because:
- The performance gain from higher models is slight, meaning that it doesn't change things that much. Specially when compared in terms of price.
- What we have as the 2011 socket today, is basically the " Tock " and isn't a new tech, but an upgrade over an already existing one. However, the Ivy Bridge will be the next " Tick " and a whole new tech ( intel's first 22 nm chip ), and by having a motherboard that already supports that CPU, I can be sure about my future upgrades.( since the Ivy bridge will also be released on the same 1155 socket.)
- Intel Core i5 2500K has some sort of inbuilt graphic card, and in combination with a motherboard such as Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3, it would give a boost to my gaming performance. ( I think)
- Both the CPU and Motherboard are cheaper than their 2011 cousins, meaning that I could invest that money into a superior graphic card, which would give my gaming experience a much more significant improvement.
The i7 and i5 processors have integrated memory controllers. So the clock rate for the memory controller is specified by the processor. Despite this some i7/i5 motherboards will say they support 1600 and 2000 mhz ram this is because when you overclock an i7/i5 processor you are also overclocking the memory controller. So to answer your question if you do not overclock the processor the memory controller will run at 1333mhz.
i own a gtx 580.it's great but yeah 570 is a more value for money thing.if you can wait that get a gtx 660(580 class performance)otherwise 570 if you are not willing to pay extra cash.