I am purchasing a new custom desktop. I wish to minimize the cost but at the same time have a decent setup which will allow many of the current games and future ones on high setting.
The specs are as follows:
Motherboard: Intel DX79SL extreme series
Processor: Intel Core i7-3960X Processor Extreme Edition
RAM: Kingston Hyper X 8gb DRR3 16000 (x2)
SSD: Kingston hyper x SSD 240 GB
Hard-disk: SEAGATE SATA 1TB 7200 RPM
Graphics card: ASUS HD 7870 2GB DDR5
DVD Writer: Poiner BD writer
Case: CORSAIR C70
Power supply: CORSAIR HX1050
CPU cooler fan: COOLER-MASTER CNPS11X
OS: Windows 7 ultimate pack 64bit
I have already decided to change the processor to a i7 3930k, a smaller hard disk and cheaper windows 7 edition.
Any other options that will save money and have minimal performance changes would be helpful.
With a 7870, you probably won't need all of that processing power. A 3960x or a 3930k would be overkill. If you have your heart set on a ton of cpu, I'd suggest a nice i7-2600k or an i7-3770k if you want to use PCIe3.0 with your GPU. Also, I couldn't find your motherboard anywhere on Google? Can you link me? And if you plan to get the 7870, you won't need that much PSU either. 850w should be enough (but stick with Corsair's PSUs. And for the heatsink, you're going to need a lot more than the one you listed, if I'm correct. I'd suggest a Noctua NH-D14 if you have your heart set on air cooling, or a Corsair H80 with the 2600k/3770k, or mabye if an H100 if you want to do some strong overclocking. Also, you're going to need some faster RAM if you want to OC. I'd think a nice 2133 RAM kit would do nicely. Also, it'd be better to have 4 modules of 4GB each than 2 of 8GB. More memory bandwidth. And for a motherboard, I'd suggest this--> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
well if you want to minimize your spendings why would you go for the high end x79 chipset? that chipset is designed for multiple graphics cards giving you 16x pcie lanes for each card. cheaper lga 1155 will give you 16x lanes for a single card or 8x 8x for dual cards. extreme processor is 1 grand, you can get a good 3xxxk unlocked processor for 300 bucks. you also have a 1000w power supply which is an overkill unless you will be running dual card config. you have basically picked a high end motherboard with cpu and a mid end video card. your build is not balanced