Please scroll down like 7 posts I redid my choices
Like my project name suggests my main goal is to keep my initial purchase around $1,000. My main use will be for games. Currently playing a lot of SW:ToR for which my current system does fine with at lowest settings (cries) except in PvP where its near unplayable and buggy.
Other goals are to have something that later I can tweak/overclock/mod/make look pretty but will functionally last me for games for hopefully 3-4 years.
My core (mobo, cpu, vcard) purchase is what I am most concerned with. Initially I really really wanted a motherboard that could use an i7 and support 64+ gb's of ram. Considering my main use i know its not really needed but something that started this project so thought i'd mention it. After price hunting and forum reading Im starting to sway away from pricier i7 and lean to amd fx8. So far this is what I am thinking of using for my 'core' initial purchase.
mobo: ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX
cpu: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+
vcard: Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
I know I could get a different board that would support 64gb ram (one of my initial goals) and save 50 ish by going with a bit lower cpu and hd6k series vcard but so far im thinking this a good start. Money wise a bit over $700 with just these 3 purchases but just looking to keep it under 1k for initial 'able to play with' stage.
I Read something or watched video about this being a 'scorpius' setup?. I don't know if it still qualifes as a 'scorpius' since its not an hd6k vcard.
So technically to have a new rig without harvesting anything from an old machine I still need:
just going to go with cheap ssd since won't be storing much just a few games and os
given eventually going to max out ram and vcards might need to choose something in the 600-800W range.
still undecided whether i want a clear panel or just get something plain and maybe paint something myself
my choice of mobo supports 32G but initially just going to buy 8G maybe 16G. still reading up on this but prices seem pretty nice for even some of the more speedy ram.
I think I can get above items and be pretty close to $1k, will probably end up over cause that is just how things go. I plan on maxing the ram and maybe another vcard down the road. Will depend on how well one does and what I decide to do with inside: liquid cooling/light show/ disco ball....
So I guess my initial questions are:
1.) So far so good? not seeing anything screaming bad choice or way better choice given my goals and/or budget.
2.) Any recommendations for any of the components core or last 4 I have not listen one im leaning towards.
3.) Missing anything major? Have lots of mice, keyboards, speakers, think i'll be fine with onboard sound
Thanks for your time any comments, concerns, tips, constructive criticism, or links are welcome. Will be a week or two before I buy anything. And once I do build will post a status and maybe picture if I am real proud