Hi there, thought here would be the best place to ask for advice and help on what to buy to have a new gaming computer built for myself.
I'm not building it myself as I'm not savy enough to put it together alone so it'll be done through one of the local shops in town. I just want to purchase the pieces myself so I know exactly what I'm getting and how much each individual piece costs.
Now. My budget is somewhere around $1500-$1800 for everything excluding monitor which is going to be a 24" BENQ RL2450HT. I'm sort of on the fence about cases as well so we can leave that out for now, but I'm sort of leaning toward the Cosmos 2 from Coolermaster and the Thermaltake Level 10 GT snow edition. As you can tell I like extremely large cases, not sure why I just like the aesthetics of them.
Bit over budget, can be trimed by getting a i5 3570k or a bronze 750/850W non-moduar/semi-modular PSU or a cheaper case
2 x 7950 for max price/perf
1230v2 3.7 max turbo but can increase the multiplier using z77 chipset to get 4.1ghz OC using the turbo method. It is bascially an i7 3770 at the price of a 3570k
Standard SSD and HDD combo
Cosmos II (bit overkill in my opinion but whatever)
2x4GB 1600mhz ram (as seen in toms, faster ram is rarely worth the price)
850W full modular PSU with Silver rating to save power and avoid issues with tripping cicuits in the house
Gigabyte Motherboard since they have some of the best VRM and Power delivery arround
stickman be careful some features on z77 mb are turned of with a xeon cpu. http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/detail.aspx?SLanguag...*Since%20Xeon%20CPU%20is%20not%20desktop%20CPU%20model,%20some%20feature%20may%20not%20able%20to%20work%20on%20this%20combination.%20For%20detail,%20refer%20to%20support.asus.com
I think they mean that On-board graphics will not be usable since the xeons don't have that
Ivy doesn't clock that high so 4.1ghz vs 4.5ghz is only really a 10% gulf bit more if you get a lucky i5 3570k
Thank you to everybody that replied and helped me out. I didn't know a site like partpicker actually existed. I sort of stole a bit from stickmansam made for me and put one together of my own. Some of the changes are purely aesthetic choices because I liked the way they looked, even though they are on the inside of the computer and wont be seen very often.
Feel free to tell me if I'm crazy, stupid or what have you, but be constructive and give me other options that you think would go better in your opinion.
Unless you're going to running 3 screens or more there is pretty much no need to get more than 3GB of VRAM
In a sense that is why I like the 7950 since it come with 3GB VRAM
2GB should be more than enough for a singel screen 1080p Ultra
approximately each 1080p high/ultra of gaming requires 1GB+ VRAM
so 3 1080p screens require 3GB of VRAM to hold all the textures (generally since the side screens are usually have less textures loaded in