I need help selecting the best MOBO bang for my buck. I am planning on a new build within about the next month. I may look into being able to overclock my machine if i get the necessary parts and i want the ability to, but my uses are for DL/Streaming, tv tuner stream/capturing, Casual Gaming (but I want to be able to play most any game out), SOME Video Editing and Rendering, Heavy Word Processing /MS Office. I am looking for this rig to last me for a while since I will be poor after this while going to school, but I want to have something that will last/able to continuously upgrade. I will also be open to any comparable cheaper boards (sub $200) that would stand up until the more expensive boards like maximus v extreme come down.
I am looking to purchase:
Thermaltake Level 10 Gt, but I may go for the Black over White and the size is the same
either 2 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin
4 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin
I am wondering if i had 16g would it be better to have 4x4 or 2x8, but i was thinking 2x8 so
then later i can just add more 8 sticks for 32.
it would matter by what board i got in terms of how it would affect my budget for a card, but for my purposes, would nvidia or ati be a better fit.
depends on the above, but open to suggestions.
However, I do agree about the recommendation of the i5 3570k if you're looking to overclock and casually game. You don't really need the i7 unless you're doing some HEAVY long hour sessions of rendering/video editing where the extra performance will come into play.
For your GPU, I would suggest waiting a little bit as the GTX660 Ti is soon to be released (sometime this week or next week). For $300, I doubt you could go wrong with the GTX660Ti. If the performance isn't what you're seeking, you could always beef up your options and go with a 670.
I would also prefer to stick with an SSD. The M4 you have picked out is a great choice, very reliable and has a good reputation. However, I would suggest getting a 1TB-2TB Hard drive if you really need more storage for recording your media. They can be obtained for reasonable prices and you wouldn't sacrifice the snappy-ness of an SSD
I agree with pauls with the recommendation of NOT putting XP on your SSD, I would much prefer to put Win7 (give this OS a shot, it's worth it).
A QUALITY branded PSU should be able to power all your components without a hitch. Here are some examples that I would personally prefer -
Thank you for the memory recommendation. i might just use what i save and try to pack it with 32 of 1600.
The i5 is looking more and more appealing. I might just have to cave if the i7 3770 doesnt drop to 250. i guess i was wrapped up in that name.
Graphics: it will be about a month so it would be released by then. I just wanted to be able to play the new games that are coming out because hopefully with this rig i would be able to get more into gaming.
HD: yeah, i knew the constant writing of an ssd degrades it and the cost/storage isnt up to par yet. i guess i could just buy multiple disk drives and backup from each as necessary as i would hate to lose the already 1.5 tb of tv shows i currently have.
Power: yeah, i was going to get a nice power supply because that's the blood of the beast, and i guess for what i have picked out that 650 would be enough. i just didn't want to get not enough power.
Also, if i do get the regular disk drive, i will be able to have the partition without a problem, correct? i am open to trying windows 7 but i want xp as a fallback if i need it.
Thank you for your input for the processor and new tower. i did want a full size that was good looking and didn't break the bank and decent airflow.
ill still have to decide between the 2133 and 1600. what is the performance benefit of the 2133 over 1600 for my purposes? i would like to fill up the slots with 32 g but would 32 of 1600 be better than 16 of 2133?
on the gpu, ill probably just have to wait until it is closer to my build date since more have been coming out. thanks for the recommendation though.
do you think i would need 850? or is that just a good size that i can be able to upgrade stuff to?
ill just have to do side by side i guess with the more narrow selection of mobos. the prices are pretty close together and i just want to get the best i can out of the group.