Originally Posted by Grayswandir
first off i want to say THANK YOU so much for all the suggestions, helps a guy who knows nothing but the sheer basics out a lot (google gives a lot of very conflicting results). based on what i have seen here pre-built is not good, and i should definitely build my own, or that's the vibe i got from reading other threads as well as this one. i do have some more questions or comments based on what you guys told me. Then i'll put together a list and you guys can let me know how it looks if you don't mind!
What is WC?
based on the recommendations i take it ATI Radeons are better than Nvidia's geforce line.
I see the majority of people recommending the 2500k, isn't a 2700k better just due to higher clock speed? ( i don't understand all that goes into CPUs, but thought i understood for gaming clock speed is always better than number of cores. and the higher the speed the better. I am planning on doing some After-Effects work on this machine as well as the rest of the PS suite, on top of gaming.
Seeing everyone is recommending SSD's, what is the advantage of them, i see they are a tenth of the size for the same price?
Seems only a couple people bring up using 2 video cards, is there little gains from doing things like crossfire/sli? if i feel can afford it should i just do that, or is it a waste of my money.
WC is water cooling/liquid cooling and it is very tedious and time consuming process
Radeons vs Geforce, this is not true, we are suggesting the 7950/7970s right now because Nvidia's new line is not out yet and as far as I understand the 7950/7970s are better than Nvidia's top tier 580s
i5 2500K/i7 2600K (depending on you're needs) is the best price performance, the 2700K is just a thinly disguised minor standard overclock (built into the chip) for a premium you should never pay, buy either a 2500K or 2600K and overclock that
SSDs are probably 4 times or more faster (trust me they are worth it) and you would put you're OS and core programs on that and buy a large hard drive to install other apps and games
Single card is probably all you need now hense why I suggested one but a 750 watt PSU so when games become harder to play on the highest settings you can buy another 7950 or 7970 for cheap at that point and Crossfire then rather than shelling out now when it can already hit highest settings with over playable FPS, imho at this time and price it is not worth it to buy two cards especially if you want to keep you're costs down now and over timeEdited by Canadarocker - 2/25/12 at 2:59pm