Originally Posted by Lewshus75
First I want to thank everyone for the replies and suggestions. Second, I realize how little I really know about computers.
I have some questions.
Is it preferred to have 2 monitors over 1? Like should I get 2 1080p monitors or 1 1440 monitor? And is the refresh rate more important than the resolution?
I love multiple monitors for productivity purposes. I feel that it allows me to "compartmentalize" various piece of a project and move focus from one thing to another more easily than when it is all on the same monitor. YMMV. If you work with documents/legal/spreadsheets or any sort of page layout on a computer it can be useful to have a ~20" 1080P widescreen monitor turned up on end as it is a better "fit" to the natural shape of the documents. (much larger than this and it is too tall to have in your field of view without a kinked neck).
On the other hand, some people might prefer a single large high resolution monitor (1440P - 4K, usually ~27-30")
Some people implement 3-6+ cheap 1080P monitors for productivity or gaming purposes. Just be aware that depending on the GPU implementation, there can be limitations in how these are configured.
I think that for your budget, it makes sense to do either 1 x 4K monitor like the one I linked to above (a pre-order for ~$700), or 2 x QD monitors (that's 1440P and 1600P), or 3+ 1080P monitors. For gaming it usually makes sense to be on an odd number of displays if you want the game to span them all, so that your center of vision isn't obstructed by the borders of a pair of screens. (or, if it's an even number of screens, one of them is usually configured as a separate extended desktop).
Some people build a $3000 gaming machine and just hook it to their TV, -also a valid option-, especially if you have a nice TV.
Higher refresh rates and lower response times are better for fast motion. Depending on the types of games you want to play and how competitive you want to be in them, these can be important factors. Casual gamers are typically happy with any ordinary 60hz 5-10ms panel. Extremely competitive gamers pull nice old CRTs out of the junk bins and have them repaired because they offer better refresh/response characteristics than many LCDs (120hz+, effectively 0 response time). The 4K sammy panel I linked to in the build recommendation above is a 60hz 1ms, which by most standards, should be fine for gaming (most people shoot for 60FPS for smooth gameplay, so a 60hz panel with a respectable response time will look great)
Is a 2 tb hard drive big enough to hold the newest games. I know some of the installs can be pretty big, and is the ssd drive simply for the OS?
Windows will take about 30-40GB. The remainder of the SSD is usually used for installing all of the games and apps that you will use most often. Games range in size from ~5-50GB these days. Some people are able to fit all of their games on a moderate size SSD, other people need several TB, though many people who own many games will only keep a handful installed at any given time just to maintain a cleaner system that fits all software on the SSD. Then the mechanical drive is just used for media and backup. I'd say most people are only able to "fixate" on a few games at a time anyway.
Is overclocking really necessary? Is it very hard to do?
Once you have done it, you'll probably say it is easy. Like learning anything technical, it's just a matter of wading through the details until all the pieces of the puzzle start to connect. Research, read, research, read, take notes, etc.
It's not necessary, but can be rewarding.