Hi, I am looking to build a gaming computer. So far I think I have everything I need sitting in my cart on newegg, but I'd like a second opinion on the build. So I came here.
Right now my total is $1547 (without monitor) and ($1726 with monitor) I would like to shave that down a bit more as well.
Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully within June 2012
Budget Range:1300-1400 (without monitor) After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, some internet usage (currently I have a laptop that will be my primary internet surfing machine)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: where ever I can get the parts cheapest, currently I am using newegg
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later on when a single GPU isn't cutting it anymore hopefully this won't happen for a few years
Monitor Resolution: currently I have a 1900 x 1080 in my cart and I am open to alternatives as long as they aren't crazy expensive.
One thing that I am uncertain about is the SSD. I am not sure if i should get a lower capacity SSD a primary OS drive then another HDD for game storage and stuff like that. But I do want the speed of a SSD for gaming (Newbie alert: would it be that noticeable of a difference?), so I am not completely sure about what to do.
1: get a antec 302. much better case and is good quality
2:the vs247h-p is a better and newer model of the vh series. its also led backlit to save energy
3:not point of 4gb of frame buffer if yo are not going multi monitor. get a 670 with a non-refernce cooler such as the asus directcu2 top edition or the gigabyte windforce 670. the top card is specially binned so that it can overclock even more than the standard 670 chips
4: the power supply is ok. i would have gotten the xfx pro 750w or the corsair tx750 v2. they are both made by seasonic=good.
5: you do not need 16gb of ram unless you are video editiing. get 8gb ram kits such as the mushkin blackline and the crucial ballistix sport. they are lower profile so that they fit under tall heatsinks
6: samsung drives are very good. an alternative are the intel drives or a mushkin chronos deluxe
6. Grab a 1 TB 7200 rpm, 64 MB cache, SATA III drive .... before ya listen to the HD cant deliver SATA II speeds so SATA II is fine, note that they the same price and transfers form the large 64 MB cache will go at SSSD speeds.
7. As an alternate to the SSD and HD, consider hybrid like the Seagate Momentus. For $150 ya get a small SSD buildt into the HD and performance is quite impressive.....the Momentus boots windows in 17 seconds, just 1 second slower than an SSD.
I really like where the Seagate Momentus XT series is heading, because I firmly believe all-in-one hybrid storage solutions are the future... at least until NAND flash components can cost as much as mechanical counterparts. Multi-part hybrid solutions with 3rd party software, such as those currently promoted by the competition, are hardly a match for integrated hybrid products like Momentus XT. Now grown to offer 750 Gigabytes of storage capacity, the new second-generation Seagate Momentus XT is offering the best of both worlds better than anyone else.
8. Case / PSU - Rosewill PSU's are not something most will be comfy with..... With the $55 savings from the card, on top of the $180 in ya original build, ya have $235 to spend.....this would be a huge step up with $5 to spare.
Actually I do have one more question, should I stick with the Ivy Bridge CPU or switch to a Sandy Bridge? The price difference is pretty much negligible. But as I read through articles about the Ivy Bridge series, it appears that they don't play too well with overclocking, whereas Sandy Bridge does. Would it make sense to drop down to the Sandy Bridge for better Overclock potential? Or just stay with the Ivy Bridge?