Hey guys and gals, I'm looking to buy a new gaming PC and would like your advice on my choices. I'm getting the computer built at NCIX.ca, so all the parts need to be in stock there, but they do have a price match for other Canadian websites.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple days
Budget Range: ~$1000 - $1300 (flexible) (includes MS office)
System Usage: Gaming, web, light work (eg. MS office)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: all
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website for Parts: ncix.ca
Location: Quesnel, B.C., Canada
Parts Preferences: Whatever is best, but aiming towards an i5 and HD 7970
Overclocking: maybe basic OCing
SLI or Crossfire: prefer single card
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be quiet, just not TOO loud. I'd prefer a cheaper/basic mobo, case and psu to keep costs down. I'll only do small OCing, so I don't need much extra cooling.
It is for me. Especially if it's within budget.
The only times a 680 wins would be on games optimized for Nvidia(i.e BF3), and even then the difference is negligible.
Note that the 680 is also ~$60+ more expensive
The difference gets wider on higher resolutions too.
You might want to consider just running a single hdd. SSD's help with boot times, but your program/steam folder will end up being installed onto the 1tb anyway because the ssd will never hold all of your games. There are no fps gains from a ssd.
Do partition your drive so the os is on the first faster part of the platters.
Something like a 200 gig partition and second 200 gig one for a future os (maybe windows 8 sp3 lol), and then the rest as a program/steam folder/media partition.
The latency on the 200 gig partition will also be less than the drive rating and the speed faster because the arm has less distance to travel during bootup, and the outside of the platter means every time the disk makes one turn the read/write head actually reads more data.
The slowest part of the drive is the center. You might want to make a final 100 gig partition for something like ubuntu or something just for files.
Anyways if you partition it, the first 200 gig partition should be close to the max rating of 210 mb/s and the latency should be about half at about 4 ms.
Altec Lansing Expressionist Ultra 2.1 Speaker System 200W RMS 6.5IN Sub
Our Price: $99.99 CAD
I had good luck with a 5.1 altec lansing setup, and before with a older beige 2.1
I had a 5.1 logitec setup and the bass is boomy and mushy and the sats don't sound right.
I have a X-Fi Titanium pci. I got lucky and found a used one.
If you see a pcie version that would be good so it can go behind the first card..
Mine partly blocks one of my card's fans. It's paired with a older analog sony 5.1 500 watt.
The onboard sound card is more than enough unless you have an epic audio system.
You can always just buy a discrete one when the need arises, but imo it won't be worth it unless you reach the levels of the expensive ones.
I've never really seen any Corsair air coolers, I suggest you stick with the 212 EVO or NH-D14.