I have built computers in the past, and I have a friend who wants one built now. The last few years I have not kept up with what's good, and pricing. I threw a build together that is a little over budget right now. Need your guys help making it work for <=$1100. I do NOT need Windows, monitors, speakers, keyboard, mouse.
Let me know what you think of the following, and why? Where can I make improvements? Is everything compatible? I am completely focused on making this the best gaming machine I can for the price. Focus is on speed/performance.
The SSD will obviously be used for the operating system and all games. HD will be for everything else, like media, etc. Is 8-core the best option for the CPU or is it wise to do less? Is 8GB RAM enough, or should we go for overkill and get 16GB? Let me know what you think of this build, and what should be changed.
Ok, thanks for the info. Is there a reason that a 4-core intel chip is better than an 8 core AMD chip? Also, I'm looking at more 560ti cards and they don't all have the same amount of onboard memory or clock speeds, so how big of a difference will that make?
Is there a reason that a 4-core intel chip is better than an 8 core AMD chip?
The short answer is that most games cannot use more than one or two cores, and each core of the Intel chip is faster (able to execute more instructions per clock cycle, (and generally able to handle higher clocks, but that's up to the silicon lottery...))
Also, I'm looking at more 560ti cards and they don't all have the same amount of onboard memory or clock speeds, so how big of a difference will that make?
Honestly? There are very few times that the card would be able to even use 2GB of VRAM, it simply isn't fast enough to need that much.
If you are sure you want NVidia, then I'd suggest using the $20 you can save from going for an Intel CPU + mobo, and using that to up the GPU to a lower-end 570
Ok thanks again for the answers. Any other areas I can save some money/upgrade performance?
Well, the case is a matter of taste, but you can certainly spend less on it; I'm a fan of Cooler Master's offerings - Storm Scout, 690 II Advanced, and similar.
The fan you listed seems odd, as the case comes with some... Did you mean to include a heat sink fan for the processor? You will probably want to; once again, I'm a fan of CM, specifically their Hyper 212 offerings tend to be good, cheap, and reliable.