I am going to build a new computer, and i was thinking about getting an intel core i5 3550 or a 3750K. From what i've learned, both have VT-x instructions, but the K version lacks VT-d. Since I do use virtualization software, and I think that a merely 100 MHz speed difference is almost nothing, I was thinking the 3550 was a better deal for me. I'd really appreciate some comments based on your experience here.
I believe that VT-d is only useful for servers and such. It allows you to restrict specific cards to VMs, i.e. this network card belongs to that
I did a little research on the ark and found only the Q67 chipset provides VT-d support
If all you want is to test things out than I believe the 3550 or 3770, k or not, should be ok.
By the way, there is no 3570 (no K) available here, and the 3550 is about 30€ cheaper.
Also, i want to ask if it is worth to pay the extra money for a Z77 chipset based motherboard instead of a H77 one. I do not plan to overclock and i don't think i'll go crossfire o sli anyway.
Might want to go for an H77 chipset then. You'll save a few bucks and keep all the features. Minus the overclocking of course.
And only use a non k variant.
The B75 chipset gets you most of h77 with a few less USB ports and no Intel Smart Response Technology.
Another question is about SSD, there are so many around ... i read some positive reports about the Samsung 830 series, an a friend of mine told me his crucial m4 series was even better. What do you think.
The samsung 830 is currently the best value for price/performance. I installed a crucial m4 on my brother's new rig, flawless.
Any SSD is going to smoke an HDD. Wait for a sale for a decent performer and go for it. Just be aware of posible firmware issues (sandforce).
Finally, I have a 24 inch 1920x1080 monitor, so, is the radeon 7850 enough, or should i go for 7870/7950?
I wouldn't like to spend more than 300€ on a video card if possible.
Thanks in advance!
Should be fine.