Originally Posted by Doodles
Future proofing is garbage in PC builds. However, having PCI 3.0 is as close as you'll get to future proofing i suppose. the P67 boards with PCI 3.0 are fine too, z68 has stuff you dont need, like ssd caching and onboard video.
speaking of ssd's... GET AN SSD. i did an 1100$ build and got a vertex 3 120gb for 250$. it was DEFINITELY worth it. if you have 2500$ and you DONT get an SSD, i'd probably hang my head in shame for you. It's the LARGEST noticeable upgrade a computer can get these days and it destroys even two raptors in RAID 0
lol, slow down before you post mate... look at what you said...
"z68 has stuff you don't need, like:
1)ssd caching. Not everyone has money to spend on a gazillion GB ssd. Read this:
and see what others say about their board with SSD caching. If you are on a budget and want a snappier OS, it is like heaven.
2) onboard video.
So the day your GPU craps out on your or you RMA the card, do you REALLY want to be stuck with a computer you can't use simply because you don't have a backup card?
If you set your budget that high, the probability of wasting the money is so huge.
Keep the $1600 budget and max that out first
. After that is complete, then you pull up another ~$400-$900 and see if you can make any substantial
upgrades to your ~$1600 rig.
I built this rig with a ~$1000 budget since I already have a monitor. With 1600, I only need to dump an SSD in there. If want to show off, then maybe a blu-ray drive I'll hardly ever use. (I've only used the one on my laptop once.)
If you plan to go encode video or do anything which is SUPER processor intensive, then you could get the 2600K. Quite honestly, I'd say save the money and get a 2500k. (If you are super eager to 'waste' money, then you might as well pick up a 995x )
For the board, I STRONGLY advice you get a z68 board so you don't not-very-intelligently have to spend excess amounts on huge SSD's. (I may have an ASUS p67, but for z68, stick with Gigabyte). if you can afford a 256GB one and think it is worth it, do that. (I wouldn't even if I had a $10,000 budget because it is simply not worth it for MY applications).
For traditional hard drives, despite the fact that you seem to have a lot of cash lying around (the budget as well as buying a new laptop even year...), avoid spending money on like 4TB builds unless you absolutely need that much space. Get a reliable 2TB (Samsung F4, WD Green) for storage if you think you'll even use that much space. One thing about HDD's is that when you have a lot of space, you tend to find junk to fill 'em up.
For the case, unless you really want to have a bigger e-peen or just to show off, avoid spending ridiculous amounts on cases just because of the brand name especially if you don't need the features/couldn't care less. I'd say cap the case funds at ~$200 (I wouldn't spend over $120) and heavily consider the upsides and downsides. If you want air cooling and a full tower, the HAF-X is hard to beat for what it offers. The Phantom
is another great case though not the best for air cooling (it is not bad either).
I got my case because I wanted a mid-tower that would fit under my desk, was light and would offer great cooling with fan filters, as well as a black interior and decent cable management.
If color accuracy is a big deal in your book, then for the monitor, invest in an IPS (I only 'recommend' Dells here. Seems to have much less ghosting issues than many of the others). If not, get a cheap, yet solid 1080p TN (ASUS, Acer, Samsung) for ~$200 tops - 23"-24" unless you want something bigger.
For graphics cards, I'd say get the top of the line from your preferred manufacturer.
If you're going Nvidia and think it is worth the money, get a 3GB GTX580
. (not recommending a GTX 590 simply because imo, it is not worth it's price. )
If you want to be with the red team, get a 6970 or 6990.
AMD drivers aren't the worst thing in the world. I know people who have NEVER had an issue with their drivers. As at now, they ARE
facing major issues with Crysis 2 which we hope will get fixed with their *delayed* Catalyst 11.7 release.
I went AMD because I am poor and could not justify the price for a GTX 580 and I wanted a 2GB framebuffer.
For the PSU, don't get anything over 1000W. It is a complete
waste of your money.
You system will do excellently with an 850W PSU and allow room for SLI-ing down the line. If you really want to spend on the PSU, I'd say get an ~850W, modular PSU with a Gold rating.
For RAM, do not get anything over 8GB because you simply don't need it. Let the money instead go to speed and timings. Get a 1866Mhz (though you won't see too much improvement) 2x4GB kit.
Again, you do NOT need to spend that much money to get the "best" rig, cos you know what? In a year's time, someone will spend $1000 and completely smoke your $2500 rig. Focus on the best price/performance ratio and save the money for other more important things. Contrary to popular belief, money here today will not always be there tomorrow.
Feel free to ask me to clarify anything I've written and you are free to disagree with me.
Also, avoid velociraptors with that kind of budget. They are not bad, but if you want speed, get an SSD.
I forgot about cooling. If you have money to spend and are up for the maintenance, risks, and joys of water cooling, get a full watercooling loop. In which case you might want to consider a Corsair Obsidian as your preferred case.
DKEdited by dklimitless - 7/26/11 at 4:48pm