Over the last few days I have been picking out parts for my new gaming PC. I have been going back and forth making changes and I think this is my final list for what I am getting: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/42HB
After much contemplation I decided to go with Intel's i5 2500k processor as opposed to the i7 2600k. This surprised some people but check out this benchmark on anandtech: http://www.anandtech...duct/288?vs=287
As you see the difference in performance is actually really close, especially when just looking at the gaming benchmarks, it is quite negligible; the price difference, circa $100, however is not.
Since I plan on overclocking the CPU, I went with a higher quality CPU Cooler, the Thermaltake Frio. The cool (no pun intended) thing about this device is that it uses heatpipes, which takes advantage of the phase transitioning principle. It's a simple idea really; Inside It has a liquid under a low pressure that gets heated by the CPU turning it into a gas which takes energy with it, which then later condenses back into a liquid to repeat the cycle.
Regarding the video card, I am going with the HIS Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card. Here is a benchmark test chart comparing it to others in the same league: http://www.videocard...=Radeon HD 6970
It was difficult to decide weather to go with GeForce (NVIDA) or Radeon (AMD). They both have their pros and cons; My understanding is that the Radeon is better for really high resolution, since it packs in more memory, and it also focuses on the philosophy of giving you "more bang for your buck." On the other hand NVIDIA is higher performance but the price is not as reasonable. I feel like less money in my wallet would be more noticeable than the performance of a slightly better video card. For my purposes the Radeon will be sufficient. And later if I need a performance boost, I can always get another Radeon to crossfire it with. Also, I like to support AMD... but apparently not enough to go with their CPU, sorry AMD but as far as gaming is concerned, Intel is the best way to go.
This system will have two hard drives. The OS and Games will go on a 120 GB Solid State Drive. I found that the Kingston HyperX is one of the best performing ones out there. It also is a fair price in my opinion. A lot of the other ones were cheaper but could not sustain a good throughput like this one. The other drive will be just a regular 2 TB SATA which I will be for my Music, Movies, Pictures, Ebooks, etc.
I am going to order these parts later tonight unless someone here convinces me to change something up for a better item or deal. Let me know what you guys think, I am looking forward to your comments. (:
Edited by ansichart, 24 January 2012 - 05:00 PM.