Thanks for all the input!
Non-Active-Account, on 05 May 2012 - 04:00, said:
I'd snag a 128gb SSD also for that build. It's night and day with one.
I planned to add in a SSD drive later on once I have the other parts - I just see it mainly as a luxury over the other parts. And I have heard of SSD having a lot of issues with longevity in performance (slowing down, becoming faulty, etc). But I have my eye on the Crucial M4!
Ci7, on 05 May 2012 - 04:22, said:
have you considered Intel i7-3770S + SSD (as main drive) Cooler , quiter and faster! plus better longevity and you are golden for the rest
I had considered the new Intel line, but as far as I know it hasn't improved a whole lot for gaming (I don't need the integrated gpu), and Ivy Bridge doesn't overclock as well/as easily as Sandy Bridge does - which I plan to do. But maybe I haven't done enough research on it. Does the 3rd gen really offer the gamer an incentive? I keep reading conflicting views on that, but I know that Sandy Bridge is solid so that is what naturally drew me to it (that and its ~2,000 positive reviews
neoadorable, on 05 May 2012 - 15:47, said:
graphics card is defo a little on the weak side, get a 6870 or 6950 if you want to reduce costs rather than go for one of the 28nm cards. The 6850 won't give you the wow performance i'm sure you'd like after seven years of staying with the same PC!
I did the least investigating on which graphics card to get, I came to the 6850 because it is the highest rated card in the $100-200 price range (on newegg), but I am definitely reconsidering towards the 6870 now -- thanks!
DrKrepz, on 05 May 2012 - 18:33, said:
you don't need anywhere near 16gb of ram for gaming... you'll seriously struggle to use 8gb under that kind of usage. aside from that, everything else is great. maybe a better graphics hard such as a 7850 or a 560ti would be better considering you plan on doing a lot of gaming.
I had chosen the 16gb route because I had seen some games starting to recommend that amount - but I had initially thought it was overkill unless I was going to be doing production work (which I'm not). So I think I'll scale it back to 8gb, besides that will work perfectly as a dual-channel since I can't go quad (was planning a 4x4 configuration).Thanks!