posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 01:44 PM
The thing to remember about building--or not--is that the parts will become obsolete very quickly. Graphics cards have about a six-month turn at the
top of the heap before a new one comes out, and they can be the most expensive piece of the rig. So I think you need to plan for the fact that
whatever you build won't be the fastest forever, or even for very long. So you need to build the rig to maintain the edge as long as possible. Some
thoughts with that in mind, rather than "here's the best gpu":
1.) Newegg is a great place to shop. Their service is fast and efficient and the cost is very close to as cheap as you can get anywhere. Although I
did not get everything from newegg last time, the majority of my rig was from there.
2.) Ample cooling is key. Buy a case that allows it. It's not just about the number of fans, but about space and flow. Some cases do a much better
job of addressing this than others, and bigger, in this case, is normally better. ANYTHING you can do to reduce heat is a good thing. You might even
consider a water-cooled CPU.
3.) Buy as much fast RAM as will fit. It's cheap. And it's not just about memory addressing. The BEST way to speed up a game is to establish a RAM
disk. Second best is a solid state, but be careful that it's a fast one because speed varies on these tremendously. If you're using Windows, be sure
and get the 64 bit version, which addresses more memory.
4.) You're not going to be wanting to buy GPUs every six months, so be sure the one you do get has sufficient output for whatever you do have or may
have in the future. That means DVI output, for example. It would be a drag to get a fancy GPU that had only VGA and S-video connectors. That's a
bottleneck you don't want to face.
5.) I don't think you need the largest hard drives in the world unless you're into dozens of gigabyte-level games, but what you do get should be the
fastest available. A lot of gamers' complaints about lag have nothing to do with the server involved, but are a result of a slow PC.
6.) Should go without saying that a faster Internet connection is better, but I did not realize HOW fast a difference it made until I switched from an
agonizingly slow Centurylink DSL at 1.5mbps (which not too long ago was considered very fast and was very expensive) to a cable connection that was 50
times faster. All I can say is "Wow!" Best thing I ever did.
Just some stuff that really isn't hardware related that might be important to you.