I have been looking to build a new computer for work & gaming. I would like to keep my budget around $1000 although that number is not set in stone and there are a few things I do not need. I already have a SSD and then a 2TB storage drive(Sata 3gb/s). I have my OS, mouse, keyboard, monitor and optical drives. I have a lot of general ideas of what I want but I would like some help narrowing down my choices and advice for a final build. What I need from the computer for work is limited specs wise but I do need to be able to use 3 monitors. I have the 3 monitors and the big factor with them is that they have DVI and VGA plugs only. None of the monitors have any sort of HDMI, but I would like my graphic card to have an HDMI plug for the future if possible. As far as what I want out of the machine for gaming will be somewhat more taxing. I want a computer that is able to run most any recent game at high settings. I want something that will be able to handle games to come for a few years(Ya, pc specs and requirments change so much but a man can dream).
As for my questions, they mostly are from the gaming standpoint.
I think I will be looking at an ivy bridge intel processor.
Is there that much of a difference in i5s and i7s? I have seen talk about the HT on the i7s and how it hinders some games, is this still a factor or something to be concerned about? I guess I am wondering if it is worth it to put another $100 into a processor or not.
As far as I can tell I will need 2 graphics cards to run 3 monitors unless I pay out the wazoo for a card with 3 DVI ports, which just doesn't seem too practical. I typically prefer to go with NVidia cards but that is in no way set in stone. I figure a card that can run games how I want will be the big ticket item here. The 2nd and 3rd monitors will have just web based applications/music player/system folders on them.
Pretty open to motherboard suggestions as I am sure this will be dependent on the graphic cards, ect. I do want something that has decent built in sound, SATA 6gb/s, some USB 3.0s, and just the other standard stuff that most mobos seem to have these days.
As far as the case, RAM and power supply these are things I can pick out, but am open to suggestions on.
I have been messing around a bit with pcpartpicker to get some overall ideas. Please let me know if any more information is needed or if anything is unclear. Thanks for any help!