Hi guys, my first post here, and I'm planning to build a desktop for school. I'm planning on using it for video encoding and gaming. I don't plan on running over 1080p and I have a budget of under $2,000. I need some explanations of the cooling and what is the best. I want a pretty silent system but great performance. I was wondering how much video encoding performance the i7 offers over the i5. I'm open to all suggestions as I don't know much about the desktop world. The system is gonna be built in February. So my plans so far. I'm also looking for a good blu ray drive under $80
um...ok. he just wants some suggestions. whatever...
anyway, yes, in my opinion that's a decent build. it's just...you don't need to spend that much on it. granted, you could collect the parts one by one as they go on sale through february, but a couple things are a bit overkill. The PSU, for example, doesn't need that much power. you could get something like this...
Thanks for the feedback. I wanted the 850 watt because the efficiency of it is rated much higher when using around 50% of the load and it has a great warranty. Plus I might add more things to the system in the future. The motherboard is just a beast and it have everything I can think of. I feel like it'll be more future-proof. I heard the i5 offers better gaming over the i7. Is this due to hyper-threading which you can turn off? Also what do you guys think about windows 8. I hate metro on desktops but it seems more powerful. I was planning to buy an ssd from best buy on black friday sale. 240gb for $120 - sandisk extreme?
the 20 dollar increase from a 80+ bronze to a 80+ gold isnt worth it. they are like only3-5% more efficient from each other and its not like the xfx is anywhere near crap.
I dont mean to be a butt, but being 80 plus gold isnt the only difference...
November 22, 2012 4:53:01 PM
The 7 year warranty is also great for the Psu so its worth it. but your right about the mother board I could go for a cheaper one (under $200). I'm wondering if the i5 should be enough for everything i'm gonna do. Is there really that big of a difference for video encoding? I think I'm fine without the second drive. I could go with a cheaper screen too.