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Seriously show me when you do. I've been irritable for weeks now over trying to find the best 27 inch for my money.
Right now, I am a 100% Asus fanboy in the monitor section, but I also have seen some AWESOME deals on the BenQ 27in monitors.
I'm a complete Asus fanboy as well =D But I just wanted to pop in to say that I got a killer deal on a 27" a couple months back. It's a samsung, super thin, 27" 2ms LCD LED back lit 1080P, and I think I paid about $210 bucks from Costco. It might have been slightly more, but no more than $300. The only downside is it doesn't have speakers in it, but I use external or headphones anyway so it doesn't matter =D
And let me tell you MAN it looks sharp. Especially D3, it just looks SO good lol. I've got the same specs on my 24" minus the LED though, and it doesn't look near as good on it. I really think LED is a must =D
Right now I have a 23 inch and it's pretty nice, but yeah I really do want a 27" as my primary monitor. Then the 23 will probably go on a stand off to the right.
There are two different Acer 27 inchers I'm keeping my eye on. One with speakers, one without. I hear the speakers on them aren't that great and I got some nice Bose speakers anyway so I'd probably rather save some money on the ones without speakers.
That's an amazing price you got for that Samsung 27. So how is it? The Acer I want ranges in price from 250-300.
And yeah I actually wouldn't go 32" if you're sitting right in front of it. By then it really does become too big. But 27" I still think would be perfect. Especially for having two browser windows open next to each other and practically seeming full size for each one.
Is that Samsung of yours LED backlit?
yep, it's LED =) I misspoke in my other post, only one of my 24" ones are LED, and when I bought it I couldn't really tell the difference that much. But on the 27" It's REALLY obvious how much of an improvement LED backlit is. Just dragging an application halfway over to my 24" shows how the LED really makes every pixel brighter, it just looks sharper.
I haven't had a single problem with my 27" samsung; It's really thin, really lite, and the design is pretty slick. I'm not sure where you are at or if you have access to a Costco, but they really do have some of the lowest prices on a lot of things. I would defiantly go with an LCD 1080P 27", and if you can make it an LED, it makes a huge difference =P
It's terribly fun to build a new PC and I wish I hadn't gotten into this expensive hobby. LOL
My problem lately is deciding on my next upgrade. I want to finally purchase my two ssd's and raid them, yet at the same time I want to get a 27'' monitor just to finally have a dual monitor setup. Neither one of these upgrades I need at all right now but I still really want them.
What sizes do you have now? Because I have two 24" LED 1080 P asus monitors, and they rock. Or at least they did... until I bought my 27" ultra thin 1080P LED Samsung from Costco for about $210 =D I use one of my 24" to dual monitor, but man, that 27" makes such a difference. I thought hell maybe it'l be TOO big, but nope, now if I use anything any smaller I can't stand it lol. I would have gone for a high end 32", but eff me they are expensive.
The 27" kicks so much ass, I'd go with it =) 'only' problem I had with mine was because it was so cheap compared to others, there had to be a drawback. And there are no speakers on it >< That's fine though I just hook up my external ones =D
So in your case, I'd prefer even the i5 2500k over the i7 2600K and spare $100...i7 only has twice as many threads (better for rendering (as you can see in the above link), gaming doesn't even use these extra threads). The i5 even beats the i7 on some tests:
And just google "i5 2500k vs i7 2600k best for gaming performance" or something you'll get your answer. i5 2500k is the best gaming cpu for the cheapest by FAR!!
Just ask anything, I recently build my own pc and did intensive research to make sure I got everything right!
As for your mobo, I have the exact same one! I also prefer Asus mobo for Intel CPU's. That mobo is a good choice, doesn't have 7+ PCI slots from which you're only gonna use 2...BUT I see your RAM's default frequency is 2133Hz and your mobo's default is 1600Hz, so you'll have to OC the DIMMS in your mobo the fuck up! I don't OC my DIMMS so I can't say if OC that much might be dangerous.
Hope this helps.
Edit: You can add that extra $100 for a better gfx.
Very true. Now compare the quad core AMD phenom BE x4 980 against the 2500k. The AMD is $159 compared to intels $229, and the AMD beats the intel on about half of the benchmarks. Both have their ups, I'm simply saying for the price I always go AMD, I can max any game settings with zero performance issues, and I saved a lot of money for other parts on my rig =D http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=362
What I understand about wattages is that it's more about the quality of the PSU and whether it's single rail or not and what the rippling levels are. My current PSU is the exact same one I showed here but it's a 550 watt and I've never had any problems with it before.
Oh I don't for a second pretend I know half of what I'm talking about, I'm just speaking from my own experiences =) I went with a 1K watt back when I built my rig because I knew i wanted to upgrade to SLI in the future, plus i like LED fans in my case =D
I really thought the 650 watt PSU would be sufficient since the video card won't be that much more power than my other one and I may actually use less power now with only ssd's in the machine. Although since I was considering getting some extra cooling and then unlocking the i7, do I need that much more power for that as well?
I seriously keep reading so many different comparisons between gtx 460 and 550 ti. On the hwcompare.com site it shows overall the 550 ti performing better in most areas with the 460 doing a little better in one particular area. So I'm really not sure how to roll.
And to be honest, I never seriously considered AMD. I was under the impression AMD used to be way better but has not kept up with Intel over the years. And no, I didn't think that just cause of the hype of Intel. But I guess I've got some more reading to do....
Thanks very much for your feedback!
Yea if anything I think it's just clever marketing. I've had zero, and I'm not exaggerating ( I actually bent like 14 of the pins on my AMD processor and took my knife to straighten, still works like a champ) problems with AMD. Defiantly go with what you want, but I can promise you you'd pay half as much, have just as good, if not a better rig, and have the same durability.
As far as the power supply, I was actually just talking with some geek squad dudes over at best buy the other day while I was buying my new card, and he was telling me how his 650 wasn't able to power his card (he did get the 560 tho) and his computer. IMO you can't go wrong with the 850 or 1k watt, you want that extra power for wiggle room.
The 550 Ti is actually the exact card I just got, and it defiantly out performs my old 470 with ease. I'd recommend it =) Or for I think an extra $50 you can get the 560.
Just completely my personal opinion, but you can get a 3.8 quad core amd processor for less than half of that i7 (just saw a 3.6 for $156 bucks). Intel is just name brand, I've been using amd my whole computer life and it's never let me down =) As far as your power supply, I'm not sure which video card you want to use, but spending the extra for a 1k watt will defiantly help you in the long run, especially if you ever want to go SLI or triple SLI =P
Also if you're considering a video card, I just replaced my GTX 470 with a GTX 550, and it defiantly makes a difference. Not to mention the GPU doesn't heat up nearly as bad. With the 470 I had to run the fan at ~ 75% to get it to chill around 60C while playing something graphics intensive like SC2 at ultra. That 75% is pretty damn loud, but I can run the 550 at 40% or eve less and it stays around the same C, making it pretty quiet =)
On the motherboard Asus is defiantly the way to go, but I haven't dabbled in the intel region. I know if you end up going with that amd quad (again for half the price =D ) you can pick up something like my motherboard which is the M4A89TD for ~$160. Hasn't let me down yet, and the core unlocker and OC switch right on the mobo is pretty sweet =)
TLDR; Just my honest opinion but AMD is just as good as intel for half the price. IF I was you, I'd switch out for the 3.6 or 3.8 amd quad for ~$160 (instead of the what, $350 for intel). I'd also upgrade your power supply to something closer to 850 or 1k, just because you wouldn't have to buy another one for awhile. And lastly I'd grab the Asus AMD mobo, personally the Crosshair V (The thunderbolt for like 60 bucks more isn't worth it, but the crosshair V is pretty awesome at around $200 =P)
I'm ignorant to this 'disabling swapping files', could you fill me in on how to do it on a win 7 64 bit?
Nvidia GTX 470 x 2 (second on the way =D)
Quad-core AMD 3.7GHZ
160g SSD (on the way =D) atm just a 1TB 7200
Asus m4a89td pro/usb3 MB
1k watt PS
dual 24" 1080P 2MS response LED backlit 10 million :1 contrast Asus monitors
19 button Razer naga mouse
Razer Nostromo speed pad
Windows 7 64bit OS
Cost of all this? (with buying two badass cases) ~2k
Cost of this being the first computer you've ever built, doing it by yourself, and having it not blow up? priceless =D
*side note* Apparently the AMD phenom II processors are extremely resilient, case in point: Bent about 14 of the prongs with a bad install to the MB, somehow bent all of em back, still works like a champ =P