Hey all! I get a new PC every 4-5 years and it’s about that time. I’m beginning to research the items I will be getting and because a lot of items will be on sale from now til the end of the year. Especially if you have some PC experience, I’d love to get your input. I put my pricepoint in parentheses, and as the items get close to that value, I will make the buy.
CPU - Intel i7-5820k (299.99)
3.3GHz | 6-core | LGA 2011-v3 | 15MB L3 | 140W | Haswell-E
CONCERNS - The CPU lists as capable of DDR4-2133 support, but I am currently spec’d for DDR4-2666 memory. I know that DDR4-2666 will slow to max supported speed, but if I can save money buy buying lower spec memory to sync with CPU limitations, I’d rather do so.
CPU FAN - Noctua NH-U12S (59.99)
“LGA 2011” | U Type | 5 Heatpipe | 120mm
CONCERN - I need to verify that this supports working with the LGA 2011-v3 socket, even though it lists LGA-2011 support.
THERMAL COMPOUND - Noctua NT-H1 (5.99)
1.4ml Tube | 2.48 g/cm3
MOTHERBOARD - ASUS X99-A (234.99)
Intel X99 Express | LGA-2011 v3 | DDR-3200 | 8x SATA | 1x SATAe | 1x M.2 | ALC1150 | ATX
NOTES - I am only ever planning on using 1 video card, so it has all the needed PCI-e lanes as limited by the mobo and cpu I have selected. I don’t want to go excess on the mobo, just enough to support the capabilities of the components used with it.
MEMORY - 16GB G.SKILL Ripjaw (279.99)
4x4GB | 288-Pin | DDR4-2666 | PC4-21300 | CL15-15-15-35 at 12V | Heatsinks
VIDEO - Gigabyte GTX 980 (529.99)
PCI-e v3 | 1.228GHz Core | 1.329GHz Boost | 2048 CUDA | 7.010GHz Memory | 4GB 256-bit GDDR5
NOTES - Even though I linked to the 4GB 28nm version of this card, I may find myself waiting for the 8GB 20nm version which may be out early next year.
AUDIO - Creative X-Fi Recon3D Fatality (included)
24-bit | 5.1 Channel | 96KHz | 102dB | Dolby Digital
NOTES - I am taking this from my last PC. I have a 5.1 capable Logitech Z-5300e speaker system that is more than capable. I’m not against having to upgrade this card to something else, as I’d really love a card that can record audio played by the computer and capture all 5 (or more) channels. I have not been able to do so with this card.
DATA - Samsung 1TB SSD (399.99)
840 EVO | 1TB | SATA III | 540MB/sec Read | 520MB/sec Write | 98K IOPS Read | 90K IOPS Write
NOTES - I want to have enough room to put my OS and Games onto an SSD. Though I’m getting 1 physical drive, I plan on splitting it up to 2 volumes (C Drive for OS/Programs and D Drive for Games/Files)
PSU - Thermaltake 850W (159.99)
850W | ATX 12V | 24pin | 6x6+2 | 100-500ms | 3.3V @ 25A | 5V@25A | 12V@71A
CASE - BitFenix Shinobi XL Full Tower (139.99)
ATX Full Tower | Steel/Plastic | 5x5.25e | 7x 3.5i | 6x 80mm, 1x 230mm
OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM (74.99)
OEM | 64-bit | Professional
MONITOR - ASUS VG248qe (449.99, or 224.99ea)
24" | 1920x1080 | 144Hz | TN | 1ms GTG | .27mm | 80M:1 | 350cd/m2 | HDMI, DP, Dual-Link DVI-D
NOTES - Ultimately I need good game monitors, but as good color repro as possible (TN vs IPS)
SUBTOTAL - 2635.89 (~48.80/mo over 4-5 years)
So that’s it! If you guys have a pro/con I’d love to know why you feel that way, and if you can help to clarify any of my questions above, that will help me sleep better. Thanks for looking!