Chosing Components: The right way.
-use This to find out your wattage requirements.
-buy from a company that uses very high quality components, SeaSonic, Corsair, Antec.
-If considering a power supply from a company not mentioned above, Research before buying, some companies sell very high quality power supplies, most of those are re-branded SeaSonic power supplies. XFX for example.
-buy a psu with atleast 80+ Bronze certification
-buy cheap power supplies, ever, they have the potential to explode.
-buy a case with high airflow
-buy a case with the best airflow you can afford
-buy a case with nice cable management options
-buy a case that is aesthetically pleasing to you.
-sacrifice airflow for fancy LEDs, you can always replace the regular fans with LED fans later.
-buy from reputable brands, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock
-buy a motherboard with all of the features you require
-buy a motherboard with the right CPU socket type
-if overclocking, buy a motherboard with proper VRM heatsinks
-pay for features you will never use
-buy an SLI/xFire board if you aren't going to use dual GPUs
-buy a board witth overclocking enabled if your CPU cannot be overclocked and vice versa.
-cheap out on your motherboard, like the power supply, these have the potential to explode.
-buy at least 8gb, 4gb is enough but ram is cheap.
-buy ram with 9 Cas latency or lower
-buy ram with speeds at least DDR3-1333
-buy ram with timings of 9-9-9-24 or lower
-install your ram to run in dual/quad channel mode as indicated in your motherboard's manual
-buy whatever ram meets the above criteria and is cheapest at the time
-buy ram with overly tall heat spreaders
-buy ram that runs at more than 1.5v if paired with an intel CPU
-buy hard drives with low failure rates, Seagate Barracuda, Western Digital green/red/blue/black, Samsung Spinoint.
-buy a 7200rpm drive if you plan to use the drive for more than just media storage
-buy a drive with enough storage space for your needs
-Buy a single platter drive
-buy 5400rpm drives to use as a main drive
-buy cheap high capacity (3tb+) drives, higher capacity drives have higher failure rates
Solid State Drives:
-consider an SSD if you already have a hard drive with enough storage capacity for your needs
-buy atleast a 128gb drive
-only buy SSDs from Samsung, Intel, Kingston, Crucial or SanDisk
-buy the SSD with better 4KB Random Reads/Writes, this is the performance numbers that make the real difference
-bother with a 64gb or smaller SSD
-buy low quality drives
-buy the Samsung 840 non-pro
-sacrifice any other components for an SSD
-buy the cheapest one you can find
-buy one just to install an operating system, use a USB Flash Drive instead.
When choosing a keyboard for gaming, in my opinion there are 3 options you want to look at:
1. The cheapest possible keyboard you can find
2. A keyboard with the option to plug in with PS/2 (it's faster), anti-ghosting functionality and optionally programmable keys, all at a maximum price of $50
3. Mechanical keyboards, Black and Red switches are are best for gaming, Browns are fine and quiet, Blues are loud. Browns and Blues are more typing oriented. However doing some research on your own to figure out which switch you prefer is a must. This is a must read for anyone interested in Mechanical keyboards.
Very tricky to make a do/don't list for. When looking at a mouse there's quite a bit of personal preference involved. Do your research and be sure to avoid something with angle snapping. Angle snapping is a function of some mice that "corrects" your mouse movement if it's within a certain threshold. Essentially, moving your cursor in ways you did not intend to. You can test this easily by attempting to draw a straight line in paint. if it's perfectly straight, your current mouse has angle snapping. Not a big deal for the average Joe but really detrimental to accuracy in games where your mouse moves a cross-hair. Blade and soul as an example.
Aside from that, pick a mouse that's comfortable. You're going to be using it for hours on end. I personally use the Logitech G400 and it's served me great.
If you hear static noise when you plug in speakers or headphones then you're going to need a sound card to get rid if it. The Xonar DG is nice and pretty cheap.
If you do not hear any static noise you don't need to bother with a sound card.
If you're looking for a new monitor, there's 2 options worth spending more than $150:
1. A nice IPS display
2. A nice 120Hz monitor
Everything else is bad.
Ideally, you want your video card, not your CPU to be the bottleneck in your system
Easy way to avoid this is to spend atleast as much on your video card as you did on your cpu
The Hobo Station: Under $400 Low settings @50fps avg.
The Modest Station: Under $550 Medium settings @ 60FPS avg.
The Modestly Faster Station: Under $750 High settings @ 60FPS avg.
The Game Station: Under $1000 Max settings @ 60FPS avg.
The Game Station+: Under $1500 Max settings @ 80FPS avg.
The Enthusuast: No budget. Max settings @ 120fps avg.
Spend the rest of your money here
CoolerMaster Storm Spawn
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid
Noppoo Choc Mini
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Microsoft Sidewinder x4
I'm too lazy to put together a PC on my own:
Stop being lazy.
Avoid Alienware anything like a plague.
Configure a desktop with similar specs to the examples above on iBuyPower or CyberPowerPC
This post has been edited by Fatal: Feb 08, 2013 - 12:57 PM