Originally Posted by GIitched
Well im going to go to sleep now fellas, I'll try to keep you posted on my PC rig status
Might I throw my opinion in on this one if you don't mind (and you haven't bought parts yet).
I think you need to do your homework first. I see alot of post like yours, "I seen a build like this", "is this a good build", etc. To be quiet frank if you are asking these questions about the hardware you picked out, you honestly don't know enough about computers to be building a custom then yet. Why? Because you will do like me when I got into this hobby some time ago. You will kick yourself for spending too much/too little on parts you wanted or parts you didn't want. And not only is it money but it is also your TIME. Especially for $2,000+, whether you have the money or not, it is alot of money to spend and you should put some quality time into researching out all the parts you picked.
Example, the graphics card you picked, you asked earlier if 4GB of memory is better than 3GB... that is one of the most basic/common questions to graphics cards. I really think you need to do some more research before settling on any of this, and learn what is good among your own without having to ask. Here are some things i think you need to analyze.
1) What is your budget? Honestly I could build (in fact already own) an AMD system that can compete with that build that I built for half the price. I'm an adult, I make some pretty good cash, but I also am MONEY CONSCIOUS
. How are you going to enjoy life and take care of yourself if your pouring thousands of dollars into your computer? If you get an astronomical paycheck than by all means, buy the best of the best parts! But please for yourself, if you don't make that much don't waste it all on a computer. Parts go outdated very fast, especially graphics cards! And I say this because you mentioned buying a car first. It sounds like you are younger. Take care of yourself/life first, computer comes second or third. I don't meant to beat your ear on this if you are older already. But it sounds like you are young, buy your car first and other important things in life.
2) Look at the parts you picked, the best CPU and best grafix card on the market. Are you going to need all that power? I think I seen you mention you play WOW on here. If this is for mild gaming like wow, diablo 3, starcraft II, counter strike, and even newer games like borderlands 2? You absolutely DO NOT
need a graphics card of that power. You can run all those games on the highest settings with a budget card like the 550ti for $120. The only thing you need a card like that for is if you are going to be playing Battlefield 3 and/or Crysis 3 next month on maximum settings. And let me tell you something about Crysis. Even in the BEST computer, most people cannot run it at 60fps.
3) Again, your basic PC knowledge, how much do you really know about all those parts? I will give you a very very fine example. You picked out 1866Mhz RAM. Did you know this type of RAM is NOT plug and play? Any RAM you buy that is 1600Mhz+ is considered "overclocked". The RAM was tested to run at those speeds, but it's no guarantee. You typically have to adjust your timings/voltages to run RAM at it's recommended speeds. Whether you mean to or not, you have to get into "overclocking" and "fine tuning" if you want to get the most out of your hardware. In a custom build, you will want to get into fine tuning everything, or else you are going to have a slow, crappy computer that blue screens
all the time.
I have no qualm against the parts you picked, or Intel vs. AMD. You have the best of the best parts listed there. I just think you need to do your homework and learn more about those parts on your own before buying things like that. Here is my take on the build. The motherboard/CPU are great. Graphics card, I think it is absolute overkill especially if you don't play Crysis/BF3 which are two of the only real games that fully utilize that hardware. If you want one of the best graphics cards on the market that is less than half the price, check this out:
The Radeon 7950 is the best bang for you buck on the market right now, anyone on here is welcome to argue with me over this because $300, amazing performance, 3GB of memory, and the 384 bit will allow you to go high/max AA settings to get rid of jagged edges. Overclocked, this card EASILY competes with the 670. Also this is just the Gigabyte version but it and the MSI versions I believe have three fans, which you want because these cards run very hot. I would prefer the MSI/Sapphire over Gigabyte one.
RAM, I honestly think you should go with 1600Mhz RAM unless you plan on dealing with timings/voltages/blue screens to get it to run at those rated speeds. You will hardly notice any difference and you will save alot of money. Also, if you do learn what you are doing you can overclock it to run at 1800Mhz+ anyway. Again, anyone is welcome to disagree with me on this as well.
Power supply, I seen someone argue getting a lower watt one. I diagree, 750 watts is the sweet spot. Why? If you upgrade your case with more fans/lights and tons of USB devices, you want those extra watts and you NEVER want to have a PSU running a full load. Second, it leaves headroom for you to do a VERY easy upgrade to your build. When you graphics become slightly dated, you can crossfire a second 7950 graphics card in your build. Additional graphics card must have a good PSU preferrably 750 watt. Note, your motherboard may or may not support crossfire, I recommend getting one that supports both Nvidia SLI and Crossfire X. Lastly, if you're getting a PSU make sure you get something that is known for being QUIET!! Some PSUs can be very noisy/annoying (I'm talking to you, Thermaltake)!
There, you have something to go by, and I think if you go with my recommendations you can safe $400+ on the build. But like I said, do you homework, make sure you want to take the plunge and consider an AMD system as well. Intel is undoubtedly the best but if you're not an enthusiast you aren't really going to enjoy it as much.