I'm buying a Custom PC for the first time and would appreciate any insights suggestions to improve it or get the best for the money. I'm looking to spend $2600 to $2700 looking for best performance for games and then for uni work which is media design photo-shop etc: Also I am Happy to spend that budget just don't want to be wasting it.
1 x 16011324 - Cooler Master HAF 942 X ATX Full Tower Case - Steel & Plastic - 6x 5.25" Drive Bay, 5x 3.5" Drive Bay & 2x 2.5" Drive Bay(Converted From 5.25" Drive Bays) - USB, Audio, Mic, IEEE1394a, e-SATA - M-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, GIGABYTE XL-ATX - Optional Cooling Fan - Black (RC-942-KKN1) [$209.99]
If I go AMD
1 x 19040211 - AMD FX Series FX-8150 Black Edition Processor - Eight-Core - 3.6 GHz (Turbo Core boost up to 4.20 GHz) - 8MB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache - 125W - 32nm - Zambezi - Socket AM3+ (FD8150FRGUBOX) [$279.00]
don't opt for x79 platform.it's meant for servers.stick with 2500k for now and upgrade to ivy bridge when they are available.
every part is high quality and compatible.this is enough for eyefinity setups.
all the best
case: cooler master haf x
(spot on with this case)
mobo: asus maximus IV extreme-z z68
(the rampage has EIGHT memory spots and like NO ONE needs EIGHT memory slots)
cpu: intel i7 2600k
(if you want value then 2600k > 2700k)
cpu cooler: noctua nh-d14
video card: amd radeon hd 7970
(best card on the planet)
ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
(no one needs 16gb for gaming cuz games only use 8gb of ram)
hhd: western digital 2tb
(you can also get 500gb, 1tb, or 1.5tb)
ssd: intel 520 series cherryville 180gb
psu: corsair ax850
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
(sony 24x multi if you dont care bout blu-ray)
I liked the input, it seems no one recommends and AMD build? also with the mother board I don't understand the x79? server thing what part would need to be upgraded for sandy bridge and would I still need that extra cooling added to the build?
it's a hard truth but Intel always beats AMD.x79 is a platform that is compatible with intel's sandy bridge-e cpus.they are meant for servers(workstations)not gaming.they can support huge amounts of ram and highly multi-threaded apps.
Sandybridges are not very hot.i mean a good air cooler is enough for overclocks.if you don't overclock,stock cooler is enough.but cpu without overclock is like R1 without on stock! lolllll!!!!but that's just my opinion.get a good cooler if you want to overclock.