Hey! So I've decided that it's time to stop gaming on my laptop and move into the big leagues. I believe I have put together a pretty solid build, but it came out ~$100 more than I was hoping for. I have no problem coughing up that extra $100 if need be, but I would like some input on where I can cut back in order to get into my projected price range.
I'm just going to go down the list of suggested points in the sticky:
Approximate Purchase Date: At the lastest by the end of 2012. I'm aiming for sometime in October.
Budget Range: Ideally $1000-1200 before shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Rendering, general word processing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but I have a question here; since I am looking at an October buy date and Windows 8 is dropping on the 26th, is it worth it to buy Windows 7 for the $40 upgrade price to Windows 8?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is definitely my preference, with Ncix a close second, but I'm open to other websites if the savings are quite big.
Location: Decatur, Illinois
Parts Preferences: I prefer brands I trust, such as Intel and Asus. Nvidia cards have also been my preference over Radeon.
Overclocking: Maybe/Yes; I have dabbled in overclocking, but not too much. I've heard that you can get up to 4.2 with the i5-2500k, which would be nice.
SLI or Crossfire: No probably not; perhaps sometime in the future, though
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've had pretty good performance on most games with my laptop, but it's definitely time to have a solid desktop.
Like suggested above, you may as well grab the newer tech. Get the 3570k. If you don't plan on taking advantage of the new ivy bridge features such as PCIe 3.0, then there's no need....the 2500k would be a great pick.
The easiest way to reduce the price is to drop the SSD. SSDs don't help in performance. They merely cut down load times. I'd put all the cash I can in an adequate CPU and beefy GPU. The hd 7950 or the gtx 670 would be excellent picks for a GPU. Shouldn't have any problem running games on max settings and at comfortable frames.
Well, the one thing I see is that you can drop the memory to 8 gigs, don't really see no reason you should need 16.
I don't understand your statement about being uncomfortable with radeon video cards. I have used Radeon and Nvidia in many systems and they both work the same to me. When I build a system, I just see which one offers me the most bang for the buck at the time I'm building, push it in the slot, load the driver and it works. I guess brand loyalty is nice and all that, but I'm more loyal to my dollars than any name brand.