Ok, so i have a fairly decent gaming pc now, but it was built on a budget. Ive saved up a good amount of cash and want to build a new system thats a little more future proofed. ie. ivy bridge, pci e 3.0.
So, do you think this will be a pretty future proof machine? And, just in case ive made a mistake, its all going to be compatible correct? i know i have pci e 2.0 cards but i understand that they are backwards compatable.. i think.
Well, all of that is fine, technically. It's a good build. But.......
You're overspending on overkill stuff in that PC and not spending money where it makes sense. Here's what I mean:
1. Don't get the i7 for gaming. Totally unnecessary. Get the i5 3570k - it's great performance and a lower price. You won't bottleneck any games in the near future with that, and it's unlocked so you can overclock it if needed.
2. Invest in an aftermarket CPU cooler. I like the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO. This will give you better thermal performance now and let you overclock in the future.
3. 16GB RAM is a waste on gaming. 8 GB is more than enough. Get 2x4gb and save the money - if you find that you really need more, you'll be able to add it later.
4. Speaking of RAM, there's no performance difference between 1333, 1600, and 1866 RAM, or none that you'll notice. Split the difference if it makes you more comfortable and get 1600.
5. Invest in a bigger SSD. They fill up fast. The 128GB M4 is around $35-$45 more expensive than what you've got.
6. Invest in a new graphics card. A single GTX 670 will be better than the ones you'll have, and if you need more performance in the future you can just add a second 670. EVGA makes good ones, but I hear that the Gigabyte version with three fans is the best 670 (I don't have one so haven't done a lot of research on it).
Follow that advice and you'll have a PC that is more future-proof than what you've got (bigger SSD, a single powerful GPU that can be SLI'd in the future, 2 free RAM slots) and probably will also be cheaper.
thanks for the replies. I went ahead and ordered 8 gigs of 1600 ddr3, i figure it will help to get slower ram in the long run anyways, since the Mobo i got allows 2800mhz for OCing.
And i wont have to worry about the RAM running faster than the board supports, because i plan on OC the i5 (btw i went with the i5) to around 4.4 to 4.6ghz anyways.
Also, since I've been wanting to switch back to nvidia cards anyways, I got the gtx 670. probably end up getting a second one later. I got evga btw, I've had one, and everyone else seems to have no problems either.
One thing you need to understand about future proofing is.. Theres no such thing with computers. The only parts that are truly future proof are the power supply, case, Optical drive and hard drives (to a degree). Everything else is yesterday's news in 4 years.
As far as potentially getting another GTX 670. Honestly, by the time the GTX 670 isn't powerful enough to do the job, there will probably be a more powerful single card you could replace it with rather than adding a 2nd. To run 2 GTX 670s though, that power supply is overkill. You could save a bit and get a Corsair TX750v2, that will be sufficient, and half the price without sacrificing quality.
get an hx750 or ax750 they are modular, meaning you can take the unnecessary cables out and not have them cluttering the case. hx and ax series are 80 plus gold vs 80 plus bronze. They are kinda pricey, buy you can save some money if you buy off newegg
I didn't get one, i already have a coolermaster hyper 212.
and i got an over kill psu on purpose. on my current pc i under cut my self like 3 times. and i dont want to run into that again. plus now i can run sli, with any card and if i decide to put my system underwater, or instal a 3rd card strictly for physX,i can; not likely but why not accommodate for it now?