Hi all, I have been reading forums for a while and have decided its time to finalize my build. I'm interested in what you all think about the components I have chosen. This computer is going to be used (in order of most use to least use) for: Gaming, 3D modeling, Watching videos/movies and general internet usage. Here are the parts I have picked out thus far:
As for the rest of the components, I'm still trying to decide what to get. That's where I would like some help deciding what would mesh well with the components above. Idealy I would like a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HD. Any suggestions for RAM, PSU, case, ssd and hd?
Some justification for the board I suggested. Z77 has 0 performance increase over Z68. Gen3 gives you PCI 3.0 support like Z77 so yep. USB 3.0 controller is still performing the same, and you save money instead. Plus you get the ability to still SLI/CF at 8x/8x. Better than most Z77 boards of the same price.
Sorry guys, I completely forgot to include my price range. Coincidentally it is around the 1000-1200 mark so aznshinobi, your build article really helps. Now that you mention it, I don't think I will be doing too much 3d modeling at home. I do it for work and at times, I will want to pull up some models at home to tweak if I am behind schedule but I would prefer to leave work at work. Do you think the i5 will be able to handle minimal amounts of AutoCAD and Revit? And after reading your motherboard explanation, logic is pointing me back towards the z68 chipset. Are there really that few differences between the z77 and z68? If so, I would happily choose the Asrock as I'm assuming it has a lot more features than the LX I was looking at. One last question, why do you suggest getting a 60GB ssd instead of a 120 or 128 GB? Is 60 GB enough?
And yeah, people think otherwise but actually. When you look at the benchmarks. There is 0 difference practically.
As for your SSD. 60GB is enough for about 2-3 programs/games (Programs I'm talking about are like Photoshop 5.5 or like Premiere Pro sized, Games I'm referring to like BF3 sized games) 120GB is a lot more breathing room. Honestly with current prices, just go with the Mushkin Chronos 120GB, low price large size. Great SSD