So I am looking at building a new system and wanted to run my selection of hardware by the forum real quick before I buy. I am hoping for recommendations to change with legitimate reasons to change. I'd prefer not to see replies that say "Buy a radeon, they are better!", but if you tell me "Go with a radeon because the cooling is better and quieter" then I am likely to listen.
Approximate Purchase Date: September
Budget Range: 1500-2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming EDIT: I also watch a lot of movies while I am gaming on a 2nd monitor, something 19-22".
Parts Not Required: Displays
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memoryexpress.com, but very open
Parts Preferences: Intel/nVidia, 27" Display, but again very open
SLI or Crossfire: Doubtful
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 + 1280 x 1024 to 1680 x 1050 2nd monitor.
And yes, I am a logitech fanboy. But if you guys see anywhere I can trim some cash for unnecessary functions or spring the extra buck for superior performance let me know.
I have done most of my research in the GPU department and am least well read in the Mobo/CPU departments. I'd like to be getting a CPU that is unlocked and I think an i5 will be enough as I don't need the workstation features that the i7 brings. Motherboard is where I really need some help... I am pretty sure I would like to go with a Z77 chipset, but don't know the ins and outs yet.
The motherboard that you chose is a very good one and if it's something that you can afford without any problems then fine but if your on a budget and want to lower the overall cost of the build then you can go with a less expensive MB.
The power supply is a bit on the large size and unless your going to be adding addtional video cards not needed. A 650w would be good and even lower if you are definetly only going with one video card. CoolerMaste makes great cases and Antec makes great power supplies and a Platinum certification means that the psu is highly efficient. The product info says it all.
The PSU is overkill, your system will run well on 500w, so 650w is more than enough, even if you plan to upgrade, parts are only becoming MORE energy efficient!
The GPU is pre-overclocked and is as fast as the GTX680, for more than $100 less!
The RAM is overkill to the point where it is literally a waste of money, 4gb is enough to play any game, so unless you intend to do extreme video editing, this Enhanced Latency 8gb kit (clocked at 1866mhz!) is the best bet, and its also a Corsair kit, one of the best kits you can spend you $$$ on!
Okay, sounds very wise. I have never been good at power calculations. What about RAM for additional processes. One of the things I do a lot of is putting a 2nd monitor on a movie while I game. That and I would prefer a modular power supply. I am editing those onto the original post. Thanks for all the help so far guys!
The memory on the video card is what you want to address for the added monitor and what is displayed on the screens. System memory is not what you need for added monitors , if your going to be photo edit or video editing then you want more system ram.
For a modular psu;
I would buy a CoolerMaster case (and have) but not a power supply , it's just not on my list of quality reliable power supplies. Antec , SeaSonic , Corsair and XFX are. If your not going with a second video card then you don't need an 850w psu and the Antec 620w will be good and supply the Pc with enough power.
Im building a new pc soon, high end gaming and video editing, im only getting 8gb of RAM! 8Gb is more than enough you can run everyone with that and multitasking easy!
And what monitor you planning on getting?