I'm hoping to build a gaming system that would allow me to play games such as the Sims 3, The Witcher 2, and Skyrim, etc, with graphics comparable to the console version or better. I also plan on using this computer for photoshop for line art and simple coloring, adobe flash for simple 2-3 minute animations, and adobe premiere for editing stupid, non - HD, movies (CS5). Nothing too extensive.
Budget: $900 - 1000 but willing to go more if absolutely necessary. However, I wish to go lower if possible. If there is a small difference in performance but costs like 50 dollars more, I'm not going to get it.
Total Cost: 869 + Shipping
The reason I picked this processor is because I have no plans on overclocking the system for couple of years and the processor is a bit faster than the i5 2500k and costs only a few bucks more.
I chose this specific motherboard because the only thing I will be connecting is a monitor and a couple USB cables.
The reason why I chose this specific SSD is because it has a really high read IOPS. Unfortunately, I do not know if that means a really good gaming experience. It has a lower write speed than the other SSD's I've seen.
I picked this PSU as a precaution. I have a 450 watt one but I do not know if that is enough wattage.
No plans on buying a dvd/blue ray drive. I have a usb one.
My reasons for posting is to make sure I did it right. When I looked at the suggested gaming build, I noticed that they paid nearly 1000-1500 on a budget gaming computer and my budget is significantly lower. So. . . How did I do?
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Windows and drivers will take about 35 GB, and between games and videos, you're going to run out of space on a 128 GB SSD. I'm not saying you couldn't live with the small size, but it will become an annoyance at some point.
If you're not going to overclock for a while, you could save some money and wait to buy an after market cooler until you need it.