The first comp I ever built for myself was 7 years ago and it is a Pentium 4. It's finally on it's last leg (I can barely surf the Internet, lol). It's been so long since I've been involved with hardware for home desktops that I need some guidance/reassurance. I would really like help with picking out a good graphics card (200-500$). Is it better to get 2 graphics cards or just 1 super graphics card?
My build is listed below. Any help, tips, or cracks at how bad my choices are, are welcome. Thanks!
NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$169.99 -$20.00 Instant
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
$159.99 -$20.00 Instant
MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$239.99 -$10.00 Instant
What are you going to use this computer for? Don't get 8gb sticks they are too expensive. And you can get the Corsair tx instead of the hx. Get a ssd and a cheap "green" drive for everything else. What's you budget? If your building a gaming computer drop down to the i5-2500k save money on the ram and PSU and get a 7970
d) dual card support is dependent on the driver. Not all games can benefit from dual cards.
e) cf/sli up front reduces your option to get another card for an upgrade. Not that I suggest you plan for that.
It will often be the case that replacing your current card with a newer gen card will offer a better upgrade path.
As to your build:
If you will be running multithreaded enabled apps, then the 2600K is very good.
Otherwise for primarily gaming save $100 for elsewhere.
Considering the current crazy hard drive prices, I suggest you start with a SSD instead. Get a 80-120gb ssd and plan on a hard drive expansion when you need it later.
I'm basically trying to build an all around comp. Going to be doing some graphic design, web design, maybe some gaming, and other random day to day tasks. I haven't had a new comp in 7 years so I'm trying to spoil myself a bit cause this pentium 4 is unbearable, haha.
@h3sham - why is that mobo better? I did the compare function in newegg and couldn't really see anything crazy different.
Also I will mostly be doing design work and playing some video games (but not that hardcore). Do you have any other graphic card recommendations that might be less $$ and fit my needs?
@ivan1984 - I rather get the 8gb sticks now than have upgrade later. What size SSD would you recommend? I thought about getting an SSD but couldn't justify the price for it. Is it really worth it to get a SSD? My concerns were that a lot of programs require installation on the C:.
I am a big fan of SSD's they are 50x faster in random i/o than any hard drive. It will make everything you do feel much snappier.
A 80gb-120gb ssd will hold the OS a bunch of apps and a handful of games. Add a hard drive later if you have to.
If you will install more than 16gb of ram, you will need to install windows 7 pro or higher. w7-home premium is limited to 16gb.
Unless you have some 64 bit enabled apps that can make use of lots of ram, 8gb or 16gb should be plenty.
If you will do only modest gaming, then a simple GTX560ti would be appropriate.
Since you have waited 7 years, can you wait a couple of months more? 22nm ivy bridge is expected to launch in april. It will run faster on a clock for clock basis, run cooler, and oc higher. All at about todays prices.