so i am currently looking to buy / build a new rig around early to mid january. i have build my own computers in the past, and the only reason i do not do so now is because i want a SSD to house my OS. and i have been out of the custom coumputer loop for 2 years. my last computer had a SSD in it just b/c my friend updated the drivers on it for me and then installed it. (i didnt know hard drives had 'drivers')
i'm lookin to spend around $1600-1800 on a new rig. 1600$ if i build it myself and 1800$ if i order it from ibuypower. the only reason i would spend the extra 200$ is that the computer would come ready to use with a SSD on it, i would have to trouble shoot any of the mobo drivers, and wouldnt have to risk doing a first time install on a SSD. (i've never installed a SSD before, from what i read its the same as a HDD, just make sure you enable AHCI mode, make it the first boot device and presto) is that the jist?
so i guess my first real question is.. if it is more difficult than what i have read, how much so. and if not, what are things to look for in a SSD. such as read/write. does the "controller" matter? is SATA III the fastest?
i know everyone recommends the 4770k haswell. i'm not going to over clock, b/c im lazy, and dont want to fry my chip that i just spent 300$ on. in that respect i will still get a closed loop water cooler like an h80 or nzxt kraken. because i like the look of them and just in case i do get the urge to risk an over clock in the future. i will primarily be gaming and using media. no 3d rendering or crazy photo shop. so i just want to be sure that the haswell is the best choice for me, and not an AMD chip or the 4820k.
is Xfire hard to set up? anything special in bios you have to enable, or any crazy program i have to download? i usually just use one card, but you never know when you have you'll have to upgrade. so with that said i know i definitely want a r9 280x, or 290. (hundred bucks difference) maybe just get the 280x and then buy another when i need it?
how do memory size, memory type and memory interface, of a graphics card come into play? how will gddr5 affect my game play as opposed to gddr3? will there even be a noticeable difference to me? what about 258bit compared to 512? i assume more is better, but i also understand that a certain boards can only take on so much (the extent of which i do not know)
last question... win7 or 8.1 ? i feel like i'll be behind the curve if i dont get 8.1, but i only hear bad things, about their apps and how the desktop is set up, and all the touch screen stuff they incorporated. i like good ol' fashion mouse and key board. i've have win7 for a while and enjoy it. guess i'm just scared of change.
i usually buy all my parts off newegg.
well here is the build i have made so far, please comment and make suggestions!
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner (this is the same one i bought 2 years ago, still good? or does it really matter?)
OS: windows 7 home 64 bit sp1
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150
MOBO: ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87
SSD: Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W
CASE: AZZA Genesis 9000 CSAZ-9000B
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
what is the difference between the WD 'blue' and 'black'
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (is there something i have to do to ensure that i enable dual channel or do i not need to worry about that?)
VIDEO: ASUS R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
HIS H290F4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (i guess i could bite the bullet and pay the extra $100, but just dont know if its worth it. 400$ is a lot of money for one part)
18 November 2013 - 12:02
Don't buy K versions of CPU if you don't overclock and go for a 4770 ! Don't invest too much in a cpu , ram or anything but the GPU. I would get a monster GPU and couple it with an i5 and it would be enough. Perhaps you do encoding and if you don't , no need to hit elite parts and crap GPU. Cheers lad!
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