Hello, as the title says, I could use some help building a new gaming computer. I was originally set on having it be an x79 build but I understand that might not be the best thing on the market and am willing to change. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
Approximate Purchase Date: Over the next month or two, buying a few things at a time
Budget Range: Around 2k, not including already purchased parts
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon
Location: San Diego, CA
Parts Preferences: Would prefer x79 or z77 based unless recommended otherwise
Overclocking: Light OC if any (not experienced)
SLI or Crossfire: SLI and if not would plan on doing it in the future.
Also I have seen many people recommend the 3570k over the 3770k saying that it isn't needed. I was also planning on rendering videos occasionally, with that said would you still say stick with the 3570k or go choose the 3770k?
If you render videos enough to make the minutes/seconds saved worth the $80 or so, go with the 3770K. Think the idea with recommending the 3570K for games is that $80 is not insignificant for lots of folks so not a lotta bang for the additional buck.
The argument against RAID SSDs is that they are already ludicrously fast compared to HDDs. I've been using mine for about 9 months and still astonished at how fast it is - and it's a slow last gen model (maybe 2 gens now). By RAIDing, your benchmarks will increase but real world "feel" will not improve appreciably, while increasing the chance of having to do a complete rebuild if either half of the array has a problem. Recommend putting OS and apps on one, games and sundries on the other. If you do good backups and aren't concerned about the RAID complications, it's OK to do it. Good new is TRIM is passed over RAID to SSDs with the Z77 chipset.