Welp, it’s about that time…I’ve had my current rig for 4-5 years and I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade.
And then these 2 are a combo (-$40.00 instantly) so they can’t be shown in the wishlist for some reason, so here they are separately:
A bit of a run-down. I was looking for a relatively future-proof system without breaking the bank. I’ve always liked to remain “near” cutting-edge when building, but I’ve never had the desire to CONSTANTLY make sure my system is top of the line.
That said, I think this is a pretty good build. The HDD is as small as it is because I’m very tight with space and don’t like letting things get too cluttered. I probably could’ve gotten a 1 TB drive for probably $20 more, but alas…I can replace this one whenever.
SATA 6gb/s is nice even if it’s not really utilized yet. USB 3.0 is also a plus (also not really utilized). I’ve heard the speeds on it are pretty ridiculous, so we’ll have to see.
I got mixed opinions on i5 vs. i7. I know the current P58 chipset is #1, but I’ve also heard that the P55 is not too far behind and probably not worth the price for the small return you get. Either way, it was roughly $100 cheaper, so if the people over at Tom’s are right, I’m thankful for that.
850w is extreme overkill, but it came bundled with the memory and will provide SLI capability without ever worrying about lack of power. I only picked up one card (GTX 460), but will probably SLI in the future when I have some money.
I’ve heard bad things about G.Skill, but I’ve never had an issue with their memory. I understand that most users have had to manually set it to 1600 in the BIOS, but that’s hardly a deterrent for me.
Thoughts/opinions? I hate the days leading up to the parts arriving… I just wanna dive in!