Okay, enough of that.
But my other big news is that I have recently purchased the parts for a brand new PC! Named by Cyh it shall be called the Jolly Roger (continuing the obligatory pirate naming scheme where my desktop is PiratesCove and my lappy is PirateShip). I'm SUPER excited about it, mostly because I've been agonizing over parts for the past month or so and it's cost me a lot.
Total price tag (not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, headphones) is a little over $1,400 (US).
Yeah, that's a lot but it's been LONG overdue as my current desktop is just about to become 7 years old in about two months (excluding the video card which is only about 2 years old...but it's a semi-yucky AGP card so it still sucks). Plus, it's worth it, I bet I'll be able to upgrade this thing to be a great PC for the next 2 years at least and, as my current system shows (for which I paid about the same price back in 2004), I'll probably be able to keep this system playing the latest and greatest games for at least another 5 years or so.
Anyway, enough back-story, you guys just wanna see the shiny stuff, right? The computer will be a state-of-the-art PC, there's really not much more power I could squeak out of this without going really ridiculous and spending another $1,000.
First off, the case: Lian Li Lancool PC-K62 - $99.99
The motherboard: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) - $164.99
The CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $224.99
This is what I'm most excited about. The Sandy Bridge CPU's offer about a 25% performance increase over the Nehalem i5s with only a $20 price increase. In addition, the K-series (unlocked) i5 is EXTREMELY overclockable. Most people are reporting OCing the i5-2500K to 4.3-4.5 Ghz with stock heatsinks and only minor voltage tweaking. Plus, since it's unlocked, I can OC the CPU and the RAM/GPU separately. This will be really useful later on in the life of this PC.
The GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $259.99
I was kinda on the wire about what to get for the GPU but I knew I wanted an nVidia card so that I can use their 3D Vision system (below). I eventually settled on the GTX 560 Ti as it offered very nice benchmarks at a fairly reasonable price. I chose the EVGA version for their customer service and quality (and looks) even though the Overclocked Gigabyte 560 Ti has about 10% more performance at the same cost.
The RAM: 2x G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4 GB - $84.99 (total)
The PSU: Corsail Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX PSU - $99.99
The nVidia 3D Vision System: NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit - $124.99
This is going to be the real stand-out thing on my new PC. About a year ago I purchased a 120 hz LCD monitor with the intent of purchasing this kit when I bought a new PC. Since then more reviews about how great this is have been posted and the price has come down a lot (~$200 when I first looked at it). So, I'm super excited to see what L4D2 and HL2 look like in 3D. I loved the 3D on Avatar so I highly, highly doubt I'll be in the minority of people who find these 3D glasses give them headaches. In the future I may hook up a blue-ray drive to the PC and get Avatar 3D whenever
The Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30 Watt 2.1 Speakers - $32.99
The other stuff:
- 1 TB WD Green SATA2 HDD - $69.99
- 500 GB WD Caviar Black SATA3 HDD - $59.99
- ASUS SATA DVD/CD RW drive - $18.99
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit - $139.99
- LOGISYS UV Cold Cathode - $4.99