Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week, im very very excited
Budget Range: $500-650
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (currently skyrim 70+mods at 10 fps on low...), porn if im being honest , and general tech savvy tom foolery.
Are you buying a monitor: i use my 40 inch TV (vga/hdmi)
Parts to Upgrade: id like to use parts from my aspire X1430G if they wont slow me down, maybe keep the ram and the optical and HDD???
Do you need to buy OS: uhhh, idk, would the windows 7 on my hard drive still work if i dont clear it? either way a buddy says he can get me a copy of windows and i can also use ubuntu right?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere with a decent rating and price. i generally use amazon or newegg or pcppartpicker but im open.
Location: lincoln, ne, usa, aka middle of nowhere
Parts Preferences: This is what I've picked out so far but again im open to suggestions on all of it (but the tempest is the only case out of thousands that i looked at that i liked, js) and this will sound dumb but a color scheme would b nice but not essential.
case - nzxt tempest elite 410
mother - AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 A GbE ATX Z77 PRO4
ram - 2x 3ddr 1333 for now if it wont hinder the system much.
cpu - i5 quad core (dunno which one though)
Overclocking: i'd like to try just to say i do lol.
SLI or Crossfire: it would be nice just in case but i honestly dont know.
A cheap dual core pentium will watch movies just as good as an i5.
You can reuse the HDD.
GPU is what matters the most for gaming.
oh i see what you were saying, my bad. so then what advantage is i5 over i3?
also im still needing help finding that graphics card, js...
and ur probably right about the ram, i guess i will take some help there too.
are two 4 gigs as fast as one 8 gig?
how important is the CAS?
anything else i should know about ram?
An i5 is a quad core so it performs better than the i3. If you budget allows then an i5 is the best way to go. If not, an i3 or fx-6300 are good options too.
ok a few more questions, sry. is this motherboard good enough? http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-H77-Motherboard-PRO4-MVP/d...
ill look into the i3 and i5 more later but when i do, what is the differences in the 4 digit numbers? cause theres lots of i5's and i3's that all seem very similar.
so lets assume that i have between 180 and 300 to spend on gpu, what are some good gpu's throughout that range?
also some say video supported and otehrs say video ready, does this mean i have to get a video card on some but not others?
might i want these cards in the future? is there an atx board in that range that does support them?
It's not going to be a problem.
Crossfire and SLI is using two AMD or two Nvidia cards working together.
It's only recommended if a single high-end card isn't enough (for triple monitor setups or insane resolution or 3d or what have you) and you need more power.
I can pretty much guarantee you that you aren't going to go out and buy two Nvidia GTX 670s and then complain that your motherboard is the problem - you'd want to upgrade the rest of your system before you did that anyways.