I plan on spending my graduation money on a new computer for college next year. This would be my first build so I welcome any feedback or suggestions.
I plan to use it for school (majoring in Computer Science), gaming (BF3, Minecraft, Skyrim), and heavy general usage. My budget is $1200 and this wishlist, when the cpu and mobo, and the psu and ram are comboed comes to $1156.68
Thanks for the help.
Yeah, I was pretty sure I was skimping on the GPU. I went with the LGA 2011 socket because I figured it had the longest upgrade path and I like to hang on to my computers (I'm getting this to replace my Optiplex G260 that just broke last month). Of course that meant I had to spend more on the motherboard.
I consider your suggestion, thanks.
The i5 3570K is a more than good enough chip for even intensive CS apps, after overclocking it's especially good. The board I list will be good enough, your budget should be concentrated between your GPU and CPU, PSU is somewhat up there but a 650w as suggested by Nvidia is enough for SLI 670 if you plan to. Also the board I recommend is Z68 however it is a solid one. With Gen3 you have PCI 3.0 support and with Z77 has really nothing new that'll change or deviate from Z68.
You are wasting IB on a Z68. Show me where it says Z68 will utilize all of IB's features. How are you so sure that a Z68 board is going to allow full saturation of PCIe 3.0 when cards do start to saturate it?
Because by the time we saturate PCI 3.0, it'll be Haswell or another platform that people are going to most likely upgrade to. Azeem why don't you actually back up your accusations for a change? I'm tired of providing plenty of sources while you pull your 1 sentence statements.
Show me where Z77 has edge on Z68? I want benchmarks. I've seen them and they're exactly the same in performance. The only difference is native PCI 3.0 and native USB 3.0 controller. Both of which Z68 have just not native to the chipset.
Also, from the ASUS website on one of their Z77 boards:
"The latest PCI Express bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the 16GB/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. It’s a must-have feature for PC users aiming to improve and optimize graphics performance, as well as have the latest, most future-proof technology."
From the Z68:
PCI Express® 3.0
PCI Express® 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the 16GB/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As such, PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them. *Actual PCIe 3.0 speed varies with the installed CPU type.".
Both do advertise the same specs. THE INSTALLED CPU means that SB doesn't get Gen3 support and IB does. SMH. http://www.overclock.net/t/1188376/hardwarecanucks-hd-7...
Boom, X79 board with ability to disable PCI 3.0. 0 effect on performance practically.
Conclusion was: "The results couldn’t be any clearer: the HD 7970 doesn’t benefit in any way from a PCI-E 3.0 link to the CPU."