Hi guys! =) I made a thread a little while ago (here) asking for help figuring out parts for my next build, because I haven't had my head in PC stuff for a few years and felt totally lost.
I got some nice ideas offered and it inspired me to get back into things and do a lot more research of my own. In the process, I learned a lot and I've changed some of my concepts and priorities. Basically I want to make sure I'm building to meet my needs, rather than spending money just to spend it. I think I got too greedy with my first concept and want to start a little more modestly. =)
WHAT I DEFINITELY DO
- Gaming, with preference for action/open world stuff (FPS, adventure, Far Cry, GW2, Just Cause, etc. kind of stuff)
- 2D illustration/design with Photoshop / Illustrator / etc.
WHAT I WANT TO EXPERIMENT WITH DOING
- Recording/capturing gameplay
- Editing (gameplay & 'IRL' content), and extensively. Not simple record > splice > compress > upload stuff.
- Upload to videosharing (YouTube, etc.)
- 3D art/design (Maya, Blender, etc. type stuff)
- Animation (2D, 3D, machinima)
- GAMING: Able to comfortably play modern/current games. I don't need max settings.
- RECORDING: Should be able to play at settings "pretty enough" to be pleasant viewing if watched later.
- BUDGET: Flexible. I'm happy to spend what this build requires to be effective. But I don't want to spend more than necessary just because I can; there's lots of other places money can go, and a lot of this is still experimental.
- UPGRADEABILITY: Ideally, I'd like to start modestly (but effectively) and then have room to invest and scale up further once I've actually tried stuff, rather than hitting a dead-end and having to brick/start over the entire build.
- The key word is 'experiment', and this is making it hard to figure out how much or how little I actually need for starters.
- I want the build to be good enough that I can give these new mediums a solid, realistic experiment on a capable system.
- But I don't want to go crazy, and build an over-priced, totally-overkill system for an experiment that might not work out.
- This balancing act is where I'm getting confused/stuck about certain component decisions.
THE COMPONENTS I AM TOTALLY LOST ABOUT
- CPUs: Do I need i5 or i7? "K" or "not K"? Hyperthreading? Whatever "TSX" is?
- MoBos: Hours of reading about these left me more confused than when I began. It's like trying to read a novel written in a bowl of Alpha-Bits.
- GPUs: Some discussions say cheaper cards are terribly inferior; others say expensive cards are overpriced for minimal gains. I have no clue what I actually need to do my stuff.
PERSONAL QUIRKS AND RULES
- Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU. I don't think there's anything wrong with AMD, I'm just being me.
- No SLI. From my own research, this won't benefit me that much and adds headaches I don't want to deal with.
- Overclocking scares me because all my past PCs died from overheating w/o me even changing any settings. But I'm willing to be open-minded about OC'ing if you think it's important.
I can handle the other stuff I didn't mention; from my own research I feel confident about things like RAM, PSU, etc. And I'm happy to do the research/shopping myself, once I understand what I'm looking for. I just need some education about things like whether an i7, z87, 780, etc. is really necessary or just brain-candy.
TY as always for your knowledge & experience. =)