An SSD only improves loading times and streaming response. The latter means that if data must be streamed from secondary memory, the lower seek times of an SSD make it react much quicker than an HDD.
So in theory the effects of having an SSD are only applied to applications stored in the SSD unless it's used by the motherboard for caching, is that correct? I see that my motherboard does support caching with any size, so does that mean that this could theoretically provide a performance boost to anything I use? Sorry, I'm just a little hazy on the details.
Multiple GPUs are only good if the cost/performance ratio makes them valuable. For instance, two GeForce GTX 560 Ti's routinely outperformed a single GTX 580 while costing either the same or less. Otherwise, if you desire raw performance, a single GPU setup is more of a worth while investment than two mediocre GPUs. And usually you won't need a better cooling solution even if you get two.
But do you need a $480 GPU? That depends. Do you desire to play at maximum detail and resolution (1080p or higher, or even with something like EyeFinity)? A $300 GPU can drive most games at maximum detail at 1080p at 30FPS or greater. It really depends on what you want.
Well, that is exactly what I want, haha. As far as stat concerns for a GPU go, do I need to be worried about more than just the number of Stream Processors, Memory Size, and Memory Interface? I see that the one I currently have selected seems to be relatively high end in comparison to a lot of the other GPU's I'm seeing. What stats would it take to push 1080p graphics at a high framerate for the current benchmarks, if this is potentially overkill?
Also, side question; if I ever want to run a multiple-monitor setup, am I correct in thinking that I would need multiple GPU's?
It depends on how much you care about the quality/clarity. But I'll let someone else who's more of an audiophile answer this.
Fair enough, thanks. But it my motherboard, case, and PSU could easily fit a soundcard?
A monitor's a monitor, really. If you don't care about the bestest color reproduction, then it kind of doesn't matter.
I can handle that. I'm just used to assuming there are dozens of important numbers associated with every piece of hardware
DVD/CD combo drive. Blu-Ray is only useful for movie playback. Using it as a data disk is kind of silly considering the disks are $3-$5 a piece and you can just get a 32GB thumb disk for $30 if you know where to look. Or an external hard drive.
Simple enough. Muchas gracias.
The processor is overkill, to start. You can get really good performance with an overclocked Core i5-2500K (-$100 right there) and a $120 motherboard (-$200). Or whatever the Ivy Bridge equivalent is.
I had looked at the i5-2500k before, and liked what I saw. That said, on ever computer I've ever run my processor has wound up being my bottleneck, I feel like that's the one thing I can justify overkilling, haha.
I see that the Motherboard is indeed more than I need. I can tell that it supports significantly more memory (64gb) than I ever intend to run, and has a lot of ports/connectors/etc that I probably won't need. That said, while I am (clearly) somewhat uneducated when it comes to hardware, so what would I be losing out on by downgrading, and what is a viable alternative?
Finally, a few new questions (I'm persistent, I'm sorry):
7 ) I would be hoping to overclock the CPU. I saw in the article from which I took this build that under the current settings it hit 4.7ghz with ease. Will a better PSU or cooling system increase this number, and if so how risky is it to push the CPU further?
8 ) Can/Should I put in more cooling? My greatest concern with dropping this much money on a new toy (for *cough* strictly scholarly purposes *cough*) is that the components will break down quickly. If I were to invest MORE money in this I'd most be willing to drop in some more cooling components, like either a liquid cooling system or more fans if that seems prudent. Will my case/components support this, is it recommended, and if so specifically what would be ideal?
...Sorry to keep adding more layers of my own ignorance to this. I am getting the impression that this rig is more than capable on its own, and that if I ordered it as-is right now everything really would work perfectly and I would be completely happy, I'm just trying to make it my own while saving a little bit for less frivolous endeavors. As always I greatly appreciate any opinions or help offered!