Hi, I am new to tom's hardware but i often read your discussions and threads.Sorry if an identical thread already exists. I am planning a new mid to hi-end gaming rig and has decided on these components. Any final thoughts?
Dell 23 inch LCD - AW2310 Monitor
Razer Dragon Age II BlackWidow Ultimate
Logitech Gaming Mouse G500
Razer Dragon Age II Goliathus Speed Edition
1- Make sure that your CPU is the "K" version, the non "K" i5 2500 has a locked multiplier so you won't be able to overclock.
2- You may want a more reliable SSD such as Samsung 830
3- Don't grab a reference GTX 670, latest roundup of GTX 670s tested by Toms showed that the Gigabyte GTX 670 with the Windfroce 3X cooler is the best, and it's factory OCed and costs $400.
4- A 800W PSU is overkill for your system, all you need is a true Quality 600W PSU, though this corsair modular one is great in case you planned on SLI. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5- Everything else seem to be okay, Case is your own choice.
yes, i do plan on adding a sli later. I won't overclock, so won't need the K. is the ram(1600 Mhz) compatible with 2500? also is a 3d 23" better or a non-3d 27" in terms of gaming,i,e,which is more enjoyable?
You need to read about 3D to understand how it works and to know your limitations.
Yup Intel 520 is more reliable. The 1600 MHz RAM is compatible just be sure that you get a 1.5V RAM.
You'll need the K model if you're going to SLI later to get the most out of the GPU to eliminate Bottleneck.