I have my money set aside, so now it is time to buy my new system. This will be both for gaming (I am not hardcore, but I want something reasonable), and development. The Nvidia card is required for GPU programming.
I picked the CPU and Video card, since they most directly impact performance and price, then memory based on reviews, then got stuck on trying to pick a motherboard.
Hard drives, SSD, and optical drives are all easily upgradable, so I am not as concerned with those (I will probably start out with just scavenging my old system).
Obviously, cost is an issue, but then again, I don't want to sacrifice the system to save $50. So I am looking at mid priced items.
Also note that I live in a dusty area, so that may impact cooling.
I am looking at the following:
- CPU : Intel Core i5-3570k (I may be overclocking, so I want the option)
- Video : Geforce GTX 660ti (looking at MSI due to the dust removal idea)
- Memory : G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8D-8GAB (good reviews)
- Motherboard :
- Cooler :
- Power Supply :
- Case :
2 more things
if you are doing things that require more CPU power or threads, look into a i7 3770k.
(luxury item)you can buy a samsung 830 128gb and put your programs, OS, and other apps onto the SSD and get much faster loading times, boot times, and just a overall faster system