Originally Posted by brobanmanx2
Go for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or WD Caviar black, whichever one is cheaper. If you keep the drive you will waste little money, but its only around a 10-20 dollar difference if I may recall. Will the cache help for games? No. a 32mb cache would do just as well, but having more cache like 64mb isnt bad either.
Will it be bad to boot OS on a daily basis? Not at all.
Also, in your build there is an i7-2600k, if your using this for gaming you might as well go down to an i5-2500k and save some money. The 2600k is good only if you are going to utilize the hyperthreading it has. Everything is good in the build otherwise.
i got the i7 shipped for i think 120 dollars, give or take a few bucks, from intel. my number 1 game is bad co 2, which in game utilized about 60-70% on all 6 cores of my thuban at 3.8ghz, and loading maps it used 100% on all 6. battlefield 3 i'm sure will take advantage of all 8 threads.
as for the HDD, if i overspent 20 bucks on a good drive, i may as well keep it than send it back and wait all that hassle. the purchase processed this morning.
eventually i will get 1TB for storage. when i find a good deal, but next on my list is the graphics card. i dont want to spend more than 250 as i just dropped 20 thousand dollars on a new car :/ and i have tuition bills and such around the corner. but... i am really leaning towards a GTX 480 that evga has back stocked for 220 bucks. not a bad price IMO.
will the 9800gtx+ and gtx 480 run well on this 650w 80+ psu?
in fact, will the 9800gtx+ do anything at all? i want to max out battlefield 3 at 1920x1080, anti aliasing not being a big concern. the game has loads of physics effects but will they utilize "nvidia physx" if they aren't specifically made for it?