Originally Posted by Corvix
Hey man hopefully I can borrow some of your time and run some questions by you. Im looking at a build similar to your $1200 build but I don't know if I should hold on for another month and have enough to get your exact build or something along those lines or stick to what I was going to begin with. Your build seems close to what I was shooting for anyway.
So here are the questions. Is the 570 that much better than the 560ti or should I save that little bit extra for the 570? (shooting for something that will max everything) I was actually considering skipping a hdd altogether and spend alittle more and get a 128g ssd, keep in mind I will only play a couple of games. (bfbc2,sc2,d3,b3) So I dont need that much room its for like OS + Handful of games. Do you recommend that? Might be able to hold off and save and get a bigger one if needed.
More questions. How do you like that case? I was looking at that exact same combo. Not too crazy about it not having any side windows but I can live with it. I was originally looking at the ones recommended in the falcon grid. When it comes to mobos I'm completely lost. Do you think sli/crossfire would be simple to do for a "noob?" I was kind of hoping of it keeping it simple and stick to 1 video card and no overclocking whatsoever unless its manufactured that way. Also what IS better 6gb triple channel or dual channel 8gb RAM? I know it depends on the mobo, so in this case the ones you recommend.
Last set of questions. Also I see in your build you have an aftermarket HSF. Is that absolutely necessary or just recommended? I was just going with stock until I saw you recommend that. And a last few questions regarding the other stuff involved. What should I be looking for in a monitor? I'm looking in the 22"-24" range. I understand I want the highest resolution 1920x1200. It's also for strictly gaming/movie watching. So I know lower ms the better and preferably 120hz?
Keep in mind I've been doing and still am a mind numbing amount of research but it's still alot to intake hence I'm asking for your help. Thank you for your help in advance.
1. 560ti vs 570
No, for many people a 570 is not worth it over a 560ti or even a 560 especially if you're planning to xfire them down the road, xfired 570s are very close in performance to xfired 560s. I went with the 570 because for me some things are all or nothing. ie. I want a minimum frame rate in a certain game. If the card, even if its a very good card, cannot achieve that minimum frame rate its worthless to me. This was the case with the 570 vs the 560 for me. The 560 is a much better price per performance card but it simply wouldn't suit my needs.
You know its really hard to recommend SSDs right now. They lose their benefit as soon as things are done settling in your RAM and they're just so dang expensive to get one of any reasonable size. I think you could get away with a 128gb, but it doesn't leave a lot of room to expand. You'd definitely want a larger drive to store your media on.
3. The NZXT Phantom
This case... its
ing huge. I had forgotten how big full size towers are. Its a beast thats for sure. For my build its overkill and I could have easily saved money here. It does have really nice cable management, maybe I'll take a picture to show you just how much room this thing has. There is one fairly minor complaint that I didn't take the time to research about this case though. There are no 3.5' front panel bays, aka no floppy drive, and also no USB 3.0 (That motherboard I got comes with a nice 3.5' bay front port panel for usb 3.0 plugs right into the mobo but you can't use it with this case since theres no slots in the front for it.) Its pretty quite especially if you turn the fan sliders down, but really 120$ for this thing I'd say is worth it if you wanted a full size tower, but not to me because its just way too much case. Also, side windows are ricer as
and I hate them.
Yes its pretty easy. Plug in your 2 video cards into a mobo that accepts them, if you get the asrock extreme 4 like me theres actually 3 pci-e slots for 3 way crossfire so make sure you plug it into the appropriate slots (tells you which in the manual). Then slap on your bridge (comes with mobo).
5. Dual vs Triple Channel Memory
I have no idea I've never looked at triple channel.
6. Replacement HSF
No need if you're not overclocking. The intel fans are good enough, they're made to perform at stock speeds and they do it well enough. In the case of the i5-2500k though, you're going to want to overclock it. Otherwise, you might as well just buy a 2500. (k= unlocked multiplier= no one cares except overclockers)
I only know enough to know what I want and that it doesn't exist.
IPS 120hz with a true 5ms response time in a 16:10 resolution with displayport and an infinite contrast