I'm working on piecing out a new rig, I need it to be able to run any game on the market at full settings and also have it be a decent work horse for excel and statistical analysis software. This is what I am looking at building now:
Intel Core i-5 2500k processor ($220)
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 ($260)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive ($28)
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE ($105)
I would like to optimize this for what I want without breaking the bank. What are the best ways to make this build better without spending too much more. Could I save by going down to two 560ti video cards without losing too much performance? Should I upgrade the processor to an i-7. Are the benefits of using a SSD for a boot drive worth it?
Looks like a decent enough build that should do everything you need it to but it's using last years parts now. Intel bring out some new CPU's in a few weeks and AMD just released some new GPU's. The HD 7870 2GB performs similarly to the GTX 580 for ~$350.
It's personal preference really. The main reason I have one is for low noise but the fast booting/loading and installing is really nice as well. Some people don't find them worth it for gaming builds though since they won't actually affect FPS.
Depends on what you want to use it for. On business apps like Adobe Acrobat I notice huge speed increases on tasks that used to take me 15 minutes now takes a matter of seconds. On games I notice drastically different loading times.
That build looks good - but I'd actually spend a bit less on the case and put that elsewhere, maybe in storage and upgrade to a 1 - 2TB HD. The 600T is a great case but it is quite a bit expensive. What's the max budget you're looking to spend?