Unwilling to sacrifice processing or graphics performance, I had to make a more significant sacrifice in the storage department. Instead of a mixed SSD/mechanical disk subsystem, this quarter's machine is limited to a 1 TB hard drive.
The full terabyte of capacity is certainly appreciated, as is the low $60 price tag. But you really feel the difference while the PC boots or fires up a benchmark application.
TH forum users had different opinions (incl. me) in the comments thread. this why i started this poll: what do you think, personally? if you were under budget limit ($900-1000), what would you do?
sample parts (price for performance parts only, no case or o.d.d.): cpu - intel core i5 4690k, $240 cooler - stock, cm hyper 212 evo/x, noctua nh u12s/u14s $30-70 motherboard - asus z97-a $144, gigabyte ga z97x-sli $124, gigabyte g1.sniper z97 $155 etc. ram - validated 8GB ddr3 1600 ram dual channel kit @$70 to 16GB ddr3 2133 dual channel kit @$160 gfx card - geforce gtx 760 2GB to geforce 770/780 to radeon r9 270 to radeon r9 290 4GB GDDR5, $175-400 power supply - corsair builder cx 750 750w, seasonic s12G 650/750, $90-100 hdd - 1TB @$60
peripherals like display, keyboard/mouse are excluded. however the display(gaming) resolutions are 1080p, 3x 900p, 3x 1080p, at 60Hz, 120-144Hz or higher display refresh rate. o.s. is excluded too. people can choose from win 7 hp oem to win 8.1 oem or linux (distros) or steam o.s.
i've tried to fit as many types of options/opinions as possible, within the 10 choices. apologies if i've left out your preferred one.
keep in mind that component prices change on a daily basis. options open up today may or may not be available tomorrow or later.
i'll ask a moderator to close this thread after the poll-expiration date.
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8GB of ram should do you well right now and it is always easy to upgrade ram down the road. Then with the 90$ saved Id get the crucial mx100 128GB ssd or samsung 840 evo which cost around $80