Building A Gaming Rig, Need Expert Opinions
I'm saving the majority of my income this summer to build a nice gaming rig at its conclusion, but I'm not well versed in computer hardware in the slightest (by that, I mean that I border the threshold between ignorance and idiocy on the subject). I do a lot of gaming, which my 360 does an apt job of handling; however, I really do love some of the computer exclusive games (Sims, etc.) and I would really love modding the hell out of some of my favorites (Fallout 3/New Vegas, Oblivion, Dragon Age: Origins). There is also the issue of new, hardware intensive games coming out later this year that I plan to buy (Skyrim, Mass Effect 3). I already have an HP desktop that I've pre-built that fits my price range, but I would really like informed opinions on this subject; this is a huge investment for me. Without further ado, here's what I've got:
OS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-970 six-core [3.2GHz, 1.5MB L2 + 12MB shared L3 cache]
RAM: 9GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [5 DIMMs]
Storage: 2TB RAID 0 (2 x 1TB SATA HDDs) - performance
GPU: 1GB DDR5 Radeon HD 6850 [2 DVI, 2 mini-DP, HDMI. VGA adapter]
What do you guys think? The price is about $2,200 with the 27 inch LCD monitor included. The GPU is the best they offer; is this a wise choice? Do I really need that much power? All opinions are appreciated.