Hello, I'm looking to save up so I can build a custom desktop computer since the laptop I'm using is getting old and isn't that good for games. Most of the time I play stuff like Starcraft 2, Guild Wars 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and League of Legends. I want to be able to play these games on high or highest (if it doesn't strain my wallet too much) settings and others like Borderlands 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Crysis 2, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3, and others that are currently out or will be released. What I need to know are suggestions for parts or maybe full builds and where I should look for these parts and a good site or instructions on how to put a computer together. Naturally I want to dpend as little money as possible but as far as a specific budget is concerned I'd be willing to pay around $1,000-$1,500. Thanks in advance for the help and for reading through all this text.
Sorry for the double post, but I was wondering what the solid state disk is for? I know it says for storage but is it an external hard drive or something?
The solid state drive is to store your OS and any important programs that are run often. You can also put games on there if you wish. It will make your computer run faster overall to have your OS on a SSD.
SSD's act just like a conventional Hard Drive, they store data, but it is based off a different technology. Hard Drives use spinning magnetic platters to record data, SSD's use flash storage, akin to what you would find in a USB drive.
Due to the lack of moving parts within the drive, it has pretty much instant access times (<1ms), which is how long it takes for the drive to access the data on itself. HDD's have to wait until the platter spins into the right position and for the read head to be in the right place, which usually takes ~10ms.
This makes it ideal for situations where a lot of random data needs to be accessed fairly regularly, like your Operating System.
Its also just a fair bit faster as well in sequential read/writes due to the technology.
When you build the rig, install the OS, important programs onto the SSD. Makes the machine boot very quickly, and any programs installed to it will load much fast than if they were based on a HDD.
Use the HDD as just mass storage, so throw your movies, music, documents, files and unimportant games onto there. These dont benefit from the SSD's speed, while also taking up a lot of capacity (which is scarce on an SSD).
This video shows the difference, and its a bit old, SSD's are almost twice as fast now . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lR0XoHFU6Y