Ok I have been searching the web reading previous posts and just trying to build myself a computer without making someone else waste their time and do it for me but I have to because all i'm doing is wasting time. I need a computer that will play bf3 on ultra/any new title on ultra ( for 500-1000 usd)
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week - whenever is best
Budget Range: 500-1000 (very flexible just generally area pretty much) After Rebates Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,gaming,gaming,internet,home
Are you buying a monitor: NO (current is a 1600 x 900 vga led aoc)
Parts to Upgrade: whole new computer build and i got a 1 tb hard drive on the way via mail
Do you need to buy OS: Im not above pirating but if its only like 100 dollars i'm fine
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: THE CHEAPEST ONES
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Fairbanks,Alaska There are 2 computer stores here that are both small and over priced
Parts Preferences: INTEL (upgrade easier imo)
Overclocking: whatever gives me more bang for the buck
SLI or Crossfire: whatever gives me more bang for the buck
Additional Comments: Case needs to look cool but not be really expensive SOUND: I dont care as long as there is not a throttling up helicopter next me GAMES I PLAY: most fps such as bf3/tf2/cs:go/arma 2/red faction guerilla/mass effect/ and not much else. I HAVE a new 1 tb hard disk already.I DO NOT need a new keyboard,mouse etc. just need a new tower.I want to play maxed out on all the new releases and sit at (inc. prefferences) 30-meh 40-meh 50-almost 60-very happy price range is flexible and please dont skimp to make another part affordable just make a good computer. ( Dont wont to buy a ferrari with buckets as seats)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: well i'm tired of adjustsing video setting to get that right fps or something dumb like that. HERE are my current specs NVIDIA Geforce GT 440 1gb ddr5 ......dual core e5400 2.8ghz.......stock ram 4gb...other stock stuff
I added an OEM version of windows, because when haswell comes out next year, it will use a different socket, rendering your upgradability completely obsolete. Why you think intel is easier to upgrade with is beyond me, they change their sockets nearly yearly, AMD changes socket twice a decade. If you feel like you need to upgrade when haswell comes out, then I would highly suggest shelling out another $30 for a standard version of windows 7, small change when you consider that you will also have to buy a new motherboard.
Video card is factory overclocked, I am using it currently, and no, it is not noisy.
Power supply has enough juice to let you overclock if you want, and even drop in a second graphics card if you really want, I think microstuttering makes dual solutions a bad idea, but to each their own.
additionally, when you can, upgrade your monitor. At higher resolutions, you are going to see some grainy effects from that analog input, and they won't be necessarily pretty. In addition, any current/recent graphics card is going to require a digital to analog adapter for a monitor such as yours, which brings its own myriad of problems.
Nowadays, I think every PC should include an SSD period. They’re waaaaaaaaay faster and they draw less energy, but unfortunately they do cost a significant amount more than a traditional hard drive.
Those who have some extra budget laying around, I’d definitely suggest going with a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro or 256GB Samsung 840 Pro in combination with a 1TB Seagate Barracuda. This will allow for plenty of hard drive space for storage while OS and application files may be placed on the SSD for that extra top notch performance.
should i get a ssd or a second hard drive? or can i just install the OS and everything on 1 and not see any difference in performance?
Call me crazy, but I don't see the need for an ssd. I never really saw how great it is, but I bought one a few weeks ago anyway, it was on sale. I got the 840 pro 250 gb, and to be honest, the only difference it has made for me is boot up time, which is nice, but I don't see a significant difference in many applications, maybe its just me. I have a 1.5 tb harddrive with a spindle speed of only 5900 rpm, and the speed difference between it and the ssd is not nearly as impressive as I would have anticipated, given that the ssd costs 6-7 times as much.
Additionally, blowing 30% of your budget on an ssd doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either, if I were you, I would much rather throw it into the processor/graphics combo, unless you need to shave millisecond off of applications, but then again, I am not nearly as impressed with ssd's as everyone else on this site.