Damage wrote:Don't try to game the requirements by posting everywhere, guys, or I'll nuke you from space.
I've been debating whether or not to get an SSD... judging from reviews I've read, my impression is that they fail very quickly.
Another comment is that I believe the HD 7xxx / Geforce 6xx have been out for a while, and the new HD 8xxx / Geforce 7xx series should come out relatively soon. With this in mind, do you think I should wait for these new models?
Is the PSU sufficient?
I'm very ignorant with respect to cooling, do I need to buy any after market coolers? Is it enough to just use the stock fan with the CPU? Thank you very much!
DPete27 wrote:Hard to beat an i5-3570K and Asrock Z77 Pro4-M for $240.
cheesyking wrote:I think I'd go with an i5 and either an SSD or a faster graphics card.
I'd definitely look for a black drive instead of that blue one if I wasn't getting an SSD.
ludi wrote:You'll generally find lots of good things about any Intel model, the Crucial M4, and the Samsung 830 series. This here at $80 is a good entry-level choice if you need the 2.5-3.5 conversion bracket and cables, otherwise both Crucial and Samsung are selling 128GB bare drives for around $110.
Rebbig wrote:How do I know if I need the 2.5-3.5 conversion bracket and cables?
Chrispy_ wrote:Ignore suggestions related to Crossfire. You absolutely do not need it (especially not at the resolution you're using).
vargis14 wrote:Now as for the 7950 or the 7870....at 1080p a 7870 will be plenty it has 2gb of vram, overclocks to stock 7950 performance or better.
It's very inexpensive for a Z77 motherboard with at least two PCIe X16 slots, especially when you get it in the combination deal with the Core i5-3570K at Micro Center.Rebbig wrote:Is there a particular reason most people are suggesting the ASRock Z77 Pro4-M motherboard?
Micro-ATX motherboards have up to four slots. You'll want one with four PCIe slots and no obsolete PCI slots (like the aforementioned ASRock Z77 Pro4-M or the Asus P8Z77-M Pro). ATX boards have up to six slots. If you really want an ATX motherboard, the Asus P8Z77-V LK is a decent option, but it doesn't offer much that the P8Z77-M Pro lacks except for two obsolete PCI slots.Rebbig wrote:Are there are any suggestions regarding mATX boards vs ATX boards?
Thanks for your replies. I wanted to know if there are any recommendations regarding temperature monitoring programs (which components should I be particularly concerned about? CPU? GPU?). Also, do you have any recommendations/tips on how to prolong SSD life and how to optimize the SSD? I've read many things online and it seems quite complicated. I intend to install my main OS on the SSD along with frequently used programs. I also might consider dual booting (is this is a bad idea for SSD?). Again, thank you very much.
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