Hey, I have been reading a lot of reviews on the new ivy bridge cpu's, the z77 motherboards, the Nvidia 670 gpus, etc in preparation for building a new rig in about 5 months. I am thinking that by then some of the prices on this hardware will have dropped a little bit or some new hardware with features that I might want in the rig will be announced and released.
Anyway I am looking at getting the i7 3770K CPU, 8gb of RAM, maybe 16 depending on the prices, A 670 gpu, not sure which one right now, looking at Gigabyte mostly. Looking at a 120GB SSD for the OS and programs, I have a 2TB and a 1TB spinner drives that I am planning on using for media storage and file storage. I am planning on putting it in a Silverstone TJ08-E, with a good silver 750W or so PSU. I am looking for it to be a classy looking small build, no LEDs, windows etc, just power, in a small, quiet, cool running form, probably minimal if any overclocking because I want cool and quiet over the extra push, power and heat of an OC system.
I plan on using it mostly for Gaming, with a good helping of streaming to an XBMC client or two.
Obviously a lot of this is up in the air as the build is a good way off, who knows what will happen between now and them that will make me reconsider small details. I haven't really figured a few things out, such as the motherboard choice because of the following questions.
1. With the chances of doing simultaneous online gaming and HD video streaming over the network is there anything I should consider such as dual gbit lan, obviously I will have to get a pretty decent router regardless to avoid a bottleneck there.
2. Thunderbolt capability. I have done some reading on TB but I am still not too sure exactly how TB would help, I mean maybe if I wanted external solid state hard drives?
3. On the motherboard front what is the weak point right now on some of the z77 boards? Reading the reviews its sort of hard to tell, basically they all seem close, there are the premium boards and the regulars, but really considering what I am going to do, is there anything that should make me consider premium boards over the mids or the gaming boards over the non gaming boards? For example why go the Maximus V route over the P8z77-pro, -deluxe, or regular. I have looked at the Asus compare motherboards and there are some obvious differences like bluetooth onboard, thunderbolt, One has an onboard 32GB ssd, different number of usb 3.0 ports etc. I guess bottom line, is there a piece of tech that a year later I am going to wish I had, for what I want to do with the machine.
Sorry for being a bit long winded there, I have been looking at specs for the last week and have begun to not be able to see the forest for the trees, or I guess, the computer for the specs.
In 5 months a lot of things are going to change of course.
As far as the motherboards are concerned they are all pretty even performance wise. So much of what used to be a function of the motherboard is now included in the CPU that there is not much difference. I would consider dual gigabit lan ports if you can find them cheap enough.
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