I'm looking to build a new desktop. I haven't been keeping up with computer hardware for a while, and was wondering if I could get recommendations for each part to build a computer that will handle CAD and 3d software decently, and handle games such as battlefield 3 and other games coming out later this year at max settings and 1080p resolution. I would like to spend about $1800, $2000 AT MOST, including a monitor, mouse, and keyboard into the price.
I want a case that is easy to cool, large enough for most future upgrades, and looks nice. I'm a fan of intel CPUs, but will lean either way for GPUs (nVidia or AMD). atleast 1333 MHz RAM, looking at 8gb. Durable motherboard (very compatible and upgradable)
also want to be able to easily install GPUs in SLI or crossfire, maybe at first if price is right, but probably not.
Any recommendations would be nice.
looking to run windows 7 64bit. Haven't decided on what HDD i want. Probably looking at a low-capacity fast HDD or SSD, and then a large capacity lowspeed drive or external drive.
CURRENT SELECTIONS (please provide feedback)
choice 1: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
choice 2: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
*** are the storage drive slots on these cases compatible with SSD? ***
seriously leaning towards this over all others, please make recommendations: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
would it be smart to get a 1 year warranty for $33 / 2 year warranty for $60?
choice 1: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
choice 2: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
choice 3: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
- $60 after rebate
choice 4: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
I'm having a difficult time choosing RAM. There are a ton of top-rated models of the same specs. Those 4 are the top picks for 1600MHz RAM, last choice is 8-8-8-24.
Would it be practical for me to go up to higher speeds of RAM? ( 1866, 2000, 2133 ) , the price differences are pretty small after the jump to 1866.
choice 1: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
the rest of the hardware will keep coming as i research it. Will need help on motherboard compatibility, GPU, and storage drives.
for some reason the links seem to be failing a lot.