I have been comparing the two builds and there are a couple of questions that I have with regards to it:
First with regards to BlackSpyder
's build: (I can't seem to make time for a long chat at the moment, sorry
I checked the specifications of the I7 2600 and the inbuilt GPU would actually already be sufficient to run D3 on low settings.
Graphic cards, unfortunately, are the one sector where I have truely no knowledge whatsoever. If I wanted to look at a cheaper alternative to the Radeon you picked out what are the values I need to keep an eye on? The RAM it has I suppose and that the connection will fit into the MoBo I'm buying, anything else?
I also noticed that the PSU you chose has quite a lot less power than the one thisisu chose. Is this mostly due to the GPU? Or is this also related to the different CPU?
I looked at a couple of comparisons between the I7 2600 and the AMD FX-8120 and it seemed as if the I7 was consistingly lower in power consumption. Is that something you guys would confirm?
If I buy the following things from your suggestion (plus one addition I made myself):
CPU Intel i7 2600 Sandy Bridge Mobo
ASUS P8Z68 Motherboard (2x SATA 6gbps, USB3.0, 32 GB RAM Capacity)
RAM Corsair 16 GB (2x8GB) RAM kit DDR3 PC1333
Graphics Radeon HD6850
Hard Drives: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SSD
Case: Antec ONE
PSU Corsair Enthusitest 650w i7 Compatible PSU
Do I have a complete working (tower of a) PC? Or would I need to buy additional fans or similar? Intel CPUs tend to run quite hot, no?
Unfortunately my phone has died and my budget therefore has shrunk, hence I would really like to drop the price quite a bit and I think for the way I'll use the PC the most sense would be to trim down the graphic card and maybe half the RAM? Is there a good reason (besides upgradeability later) to go with 2 x 8GB instead of 4x 4? I checked and the 4x4 option is about 20$ cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233190
Is the radeon a "low-end card" nowadays? Or is it somewhere in the midrange? Going with the 6670 you mentioned would save another 40$
I also looked at this i5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
For my eyes it looks as if the capacity of the i5 2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz is almost identical to the i7 2700 Sandy bridge. There's a marginal difference in the processor strength of 3.3 GHz vs 3.4 GHz. Or am I missing something? Switching those out would save another 80$.
My hard drives atm are Sata-2 (thanks to havredave for checking that out for me
), so I'm not quite sure it would make sense to drop the SSD and use the existing hard drive instead. It kind of sounds like a bottleneck to me in that case. The SSD at 120Gb is listed at 119$. I figured it would make sense to take the bigger one as it would be beneficial to have the VMs stored on that SSD too. Is that correct?
I think buying a Sata-3 drive would prolly come out to a similar price as the SSD, just with much more storage room per buck.
I did the same basic analysis for the built of thisisu
and a couple of different questions arose:
the biggest issue I see here for me, personally, is the MoBo. I hadn't noticed at first, but it says UEFI Bios. As far as I know UEFI and Linux do not yet go well together, it's doable from what I've seen online, but it's tricky. (The MB BlackSpyder chose, for example, seems to work quite well with Ubuntu installs on google, SaberTooth isn't rating so well from the links I read). I take it all current MB now use (U)EFI BIOS? I saw that many come with "switches" between the new UEFI and the old Is there a comparable MoBo with a "normal" BIOS?
The next one is more of a general question: What I've read is that if you go over 4 threads the AMD is more efficient than the Intel one (since it's got 8 cores and not 4), which is nice. Unfortunately I do not know how many threads I'm running and what is "better". Can I think of one VirtualMachine as a thread? Or would that alrady be multiple threads?
Is the Radeon graphic card BlackSpyder suggested compatible with the rest of the built, does it make sense?
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
OCZ Agility 3 120GB
OCZ Fatal1ty 750W
If I downgrade the graphic cards should I also downgrade the PSU? Or is "too much power" not an issue? Is the build of the tower complete like this or would I need another
This system, with the Radeon, instead of the GeForce would come to roughly 800$, which would mean that in the end I'm still above 1000$ spent, but rather close on the mark in total. The system with the Intel i7 is at 950$ atm, but with the i5, the smaller graphic card and the 4 RAM chips it's also down to 810$. The question though is, if I downscale everything am I going overkill with the remaining items?
I like the Intel built better atm, since it has a lower power consumption and I'm less worried about the MB being compatible, but as usual am open to suggestions.
I will likely have to surf through wifi rather than lan. I didn't see any wifi-info in the pages I looked at. Does that mean I need to buy a seperate card for wifi?