- the SSD ( samsung 840 ) is not as fast as the 830 , unless you get the 840 PRO.
- this gtx 680 is a complete waste of money , as 1 gtx 670 is almost performs the same as the 680.
- also the sabertooth , it's overpriced and many of other boards like the UD5H will outperform it , and also they are cheaper.
No actually the i7 won't make a difference in any single player game that's out now.
It's only going to benefit you when playing multiplayer games like Battlefield 3.
Here you can see the minimum FPS go from 59 to 85 on the i7 compared to the i5.
So im sorry for my comment that it lacks bells and whistles as the Core i7 is well just an extra.
I also included a very high end motherboard with lots of features you'll likely never use.And since you're probably not a hardcore overclocker you don't need a high end motherboard or a Sandy Bridge CPU (Sandy Bridge CPOU's get faster than Ivy Bridge after overclocking)
The RAM is another thing i included as an extra.It will only improve performance if you're doing other things while gaming like browsing the web(the i7 will help a lot here too).
This build is well... in my opinion worse but i'll just compare it to the previous one.
This one uses a more power efficient CPU, which coupled with a better cooler should reach the same single threaded performance and admittedly worse multithreaded performance.But it will do so using less power.
Its motherboard is newer and supports PCI-Express 3.That's not usefull for anyone right now but you CAN brag about it.
I changed the hard drive to a Caviar Green 1.5TB which is slightly slower but does have a higher capacity so that's a good tradeoff in my opinion.
Everything else is the same.
In my opinion it would be best if you just switched the CPU in the build above to this a Core i5 2500K (if you don't want the i7)
This is the first time I've actually had the funds to be able to build a higher end system, so when it comes to overclocking and fine tuning I'm going to be learning. I have no problem throwing in the extra funds (As once I grab my monitors and other peripherals I'm guessing I'll be around 2600.00) for the i7 CPU, I was just wondering if it was making that much of a difference on it's own.
The 16GB of RAM I can agree with, as I like to be able to tab out of my games and browse or set my playlists. And the speed on the slave drive isn't too much of an issue as long as it isn't painfully slow. (My Asus G75VW has a 5400 RPM 500GB so I'm pretty used to slow)
well when it comes to gaming the i7 will be absolutely a waste of money , the i7 is a multitasking , video and photo editing intensive cpu , and i will not take the benchmarks from the link kamen linked it up with much respect to you kamen cuz i have used both the i7 2600k and 3570k and didn't notice any drop in performance maybe 3 or 4 fps max , in single player and mp ( tested in bf3 and mw3 ) , also 8gb ram for gaming is plenty , there is no game till this day uses more than 5GB.