My previous computer was a centrino duo laptop that ran a Radeon mobility 1600 card, it lasted me 4 years+ and am expecting this new PC to be much better an last more than that, my budget is 1800$ and I want the pc in order of importance for; gaming, running a virtual mac for software development, 3ds max and watching movies.
the 1800$ is flexible and am pretty much a noob when it comes to pcs, I wasgoing to buy an Alienware m18x but it would cost double what a built pc with same/better specs would
so lets get into parts. processor wise, should I get an Intel i7 2600k or an i5? I know that i7 are capable of hyperthreading but am not sure what that is and if its good for intel virtualization/3ds max/ multiple monitors ;/
Graphic cards: am going with a GTX 580 and when its no longer enough I'd Get another one for Nvidea SLI
G.skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 CL9 v1.5 Dual Channel Memory Kit, as you can see from the link below ram prices are nearly triple those on Amazon so at only 40 dollars higher it seems like a good choice, of course I have no idea if its a good one or not ;D
http://www.egprices....p?q= (2 x 4GB)
case, motherboard, PSU, coolers; please search for a brand on
http://www.egprices.com/ and see if a particular piece is available or not or if it is too pricy compared to us price and therefor not worth it (every 100$is 600 pounds)
I want the case and motherboard capable of handling multiple video cards
monitor: Samsung PX2370 I like this one because it is available, at a non rip off price too! it looks good an I've rea its easy on the eyes which is important for me
I don't want a blu ray reader/writer for now, I'd settle for a Dvd one.
The os isn't included in the budget, I don't have a gaming mouse/keyboard/headset but even if 1800 is not enough am open to suggestions
am going to buy/build it in late September/early October, and if you haven't figured it out already am limited to parts available on eg prices (but if you don't find it there or don't want to bother check please don't be put off by this and just suggest what you think is best I'll do the checking availability/prices)
I know am asking for too much so thanks in advance to anyone willing to spend sometime helping me out