LHoD, how does the machine work for you? How good are you able to set graphics and what kind of frame rates do you get on what games?
I priced out the ArsTechnica Hot Rod machine both as individual components and as a system from CyberPower and it looks like you save a bit under 10% by building it yourself. That may not be enough to justify doing it, but I am undecided. In any case, it is coming in a bit over my price range, so I am looking to easy back a bit from that.
A little research shows that the best idea for TV/monitor is to just get a nice monitor and use it as a TV since we have a cable box as a receiver and can use the computer as a DVD player.
I currently have this as a configuration. That is combining a lot of the ArsTechnica information with Cyberpower and some other information. I will add all the details at the end of the post. What do you think? Is anything more than you think is really needed and worth dropping back on? It would be very nice to take a few hundred dollars off of the price.
Also, based on the hard drive prices from the site, do you really think it would be worth getting a worse one now and upgrading later when prices come down? What is involved in adding an SSD drive to an existing SATA and getting the best out of both?
Thanks again for you help, here are the details:
CAS:NZXT Black Tempest 210 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
CD:Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+4] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN:Default case fans
FAN:Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
HDD:120GB Corsair Force Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 550MB/s Read & 510MB/s Write (Single Drive)
HDD2:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache Power Saving 5900 RPM HDD (Single Drive)
IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
MONITOR:27" Widescreen 1920x1080 Sceptre X270W-1080P LCD Display w/ Built-in Speaker, DVI, & HDMI-Input
MOTHERBOARD:[CrossFireX] Asus P8P67-M Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe x1 & 1 PCI [B3 Stepping]
MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY:500 Watts - Standard Case Power Supply
SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1:Microsoft® Office® 2010 Home and Student (Word, Excel, PowerPoint + OneNote)
SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO:AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB GDDR3 16X PCIe Video Card [+50] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)