I'm going to be building a new computer with gaming and performance in mind, and I would like to know if I invest in a new monitor, or more memory. Here are the important parts so far:
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+
2x Sapphire 6770 Vapor-X in crossfire (I already have one, buying a second)
COOLER MASTER eXtreme 700w PSU
16GB G.SKILL memory
500GB Main HDD
2TB Storage HDD
Currently, I'm running a 19" monitor with a 1366x768 resolution. Should I cut back on the RAM and get rid of the 2TB hard drive to buy a new full-HD 1080p monitor, or will my current 1366x768 monitor be fine with the crossfire 6770s?
Edit: I should also mention that if I don't get that hard drive, I'll be running a 250GB hard drive as a system drive, and a 500GB one for storage.
Answer by catchatyou · Apr 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Personally, I'm looking at buying the AMD-FX 6200 (uses a little more power, but is so much better) with the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ motherboards.
I think 16 GB is nice, but too expensive for what you get, so cutting back to 8 GB is what I'd recommend (you can always upgrade).
If you are going to be gaming, getting a new monitor would be nice, so I'll recommend two monitors (both Asus & 1080p):
As you can see, Asus is my preferred company for building computers, and I would cut back on the RAM and HDD to get the monitor.
Answer by Cornelia Cornflake · Apr 23, 2012 at 09:56 AM
It's always seemed to me that having a lot of screen on your monitor for gaming is somewhat counter-productive, at least for games where you literally need to be able to see everything! However, I'd agree that you're unlikely to perceive any real difference between 8 and 16 GB memory.
Answer by Tim Fontana · Apr 23, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Firstly, may I just ask, why are you using a 500GB HDD and a 2TB HDD. It would be better to get a small SSD and use the 2TB as well. As for memory, 8GB is enough for Gaming, cut back on that, save yourself a little and get a nice 1080p monitor. Just my 2 cents.
Answer by Dr Giggles · Apr 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
yes go with 8 gigs instead of 16, and get yourself a good 1080p monitor. also i have to agree with tim on the ssd. there are plenty of tuts out there to get way better performance out of them. the kind of performance difference that will simply blow any hdd out of the water.
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